I've also had the opportunity to talk about VSC at two very different places: Villanova University's Post-Graduate Service Fair, and my high school's Religion 12 classes. Here are some observations about both.
- Why must college campuses be inherently confusing to visiting drivers?
- Villanova is indeed as "affluent, attractive, and athletic" as an STL friend once told me
- Ladies of 'nova, I salute you for actually wearing jeans, or even cute skirts and tights! All the leggings-as-pants and nasty sweats on my current campus make me want to gag.
- Villanova university, I salute you for giving your students great information about how a volunteer year works and what students can do with it. It was also cool to see monks running around in their black habits.
- Fellow volunteer programs, I salute you for display boards that were snazzier than mine, and for the great work you do all over the world. I had some great discussions with people who did radio ministry in Alaska, taught English in China, helped at Covenant House in Philly, or even ran a pregnant women's shelter.
- I'd forgotten how crowded and chaotic my school's hallways could be.
- People actually laughed at my jokes about "Improving my nun acquaintance 1000%"
- All those brightly colored VSC pens leftover from Villanova were the surest way to the teenagers' hearts.
- Baby pictures from NFNF were also a hit.
- I tried to say things that I would have found provocative at age 17: social justice is for all Catholics, not "liberals;" you don't know everything you need to know about your faith yet; if abortion were illegal tomorrow, there would still be major social problems that need fixing as well. I doubt I blew anyone's mind, but the teacher seemed to think I did a good job.