Go placidly among the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. —Desiderada
NCCC North Central Region Class XVIII - Vinton Campus
There’s a few times in life where, if only for a fleeting moment, you are absolutely certain you are exactly where you should be. That feeling has been with me from the moment I landed in Iowa.
As far as travel goes, my flight was definitely tolerable, and I slept through most of both legs. Understandable, As I didn’t sleep the night before. Upon landing and meeting a few of my peers, I boarded a bus and was on my way to the tiny town of Vinton.
Yes, I mean this town is tiny. Four square miles does not a metropolitan area make, and you know that any town with a “general store” is not going to be a major economic center. For all it’s shortcomings in size though, it makes up for in heart and spirit. Our NCCC campus has been a strongly welcomed presence in the community since its relocation here, and our past service locally has only strengthened that bond.
Standing in line, it seems, is a common pastime in Corps Training Institute, and a tradition not withheld from my class. Once past paperwork, gear assignment, and uniform sizing, however, I’ve been kept busy with orientations and team meetings. Today devoted nearly 5 hours to orientation meetings alone. Our schedule went smoothly, however, and we were dismissed for free time more than an hour early. My roommate and I took the opportunity to make use of the gym, and thanks to that I’ve been struggling to make use of my legs. Stairs are currently my sworn enemy… which is unfortunate, because they’re everywhere.
It’s been helpful being the type who jumps in the deep end of the pool while others are still testing the water… and yet, never have I felt so in tune with the motivations and passions of my peers. I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to serve with a group of people so diverse in background yet similar in mindset.
I’ve not yet had much of a chance for it, but I’ll be trying to post a bit of video later on. Stay tuned for more details.