We asked some of the outgoing CSU STEM VISTA members about what advice they would give to our incoming VISTA members. Here is what some of them had to say:

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Nam: “Be yourself, especially if you are moving to a different place. People can put up walls and pull themselves away from the community. Be yourself and be open to engage with the community.”

Miriam: “Do not worry too much, everything’s going to be okay.”

Anonymous: “You will find that this year will be difficult and rewarding, and at the end of the journey, you will be a different person. Take it one day at a time, do not feel afraid to make mistakes and enjoy your year of service.”  Emily: “Continue learning about social justice and actively make connections between your work and larger movements. You are working locally with the CSU, but you are addressing large, complex, systematic issues. Remind yourself of this, especially when the work is tough or menial at times.”

Nicki: “Embrace new projects and opportunities. We have a lot of creative freedom to explore different pathways that are in front of us. Take those opportunities, but don’t overburden yourself. It can be a double edged sword like that.”

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Jess: “All kinds of advice. Budget ahead of time, shop smart, prepare food ahead of time so you’re not hungry. Don’t buy things that are overly expensive. Communication across the board. Know your self worth. Get food stamps ahead of time.”

Lilli: “Keep up your excitement, your passion, and reach out to your fellow VISTAs for anything – don’t wait.”

Tiffany: “This experience is about what you put into it. Don’t be discouraged if you run into any barriers, but be confident in you abilities and in how much good you can do in one year!”

Christa: “Perseverance is really important to your success. Find ways to try to stay motivated. Lean on your campus and community. Remember what the end goal is, that’s what really matters.”

Alejandra: “You will be faced with new experiences, challenges, and opportunities, but at the end of the one of the most important things to remember is that you are not alone. Your VISTA fam is here to hold you up. Best of luck, you got this!”

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