Sep29201411:52 am

A strong sense of service

One of the joys of traveling around the country promoting the second edition of Working World is that I have the opportunity to meet with extraordinary young people who already have a strong sense of wanting to be of service. I share the comments of the New Visions high school group (and their teacher) whom I wrote about last week less because of their positive comments about my presentation (although I greatly appreciate them), and more because of what their comments say about them and what they hope to achieve. It is always heartening to get beyond the beltway and beyond the headlines to restore one’s perspective and renew hope.

We are often buffeted by so much bad news and tragedy that is is instructive to be reminded that there are many fine young people getting ready to be a force for good in our turbulent world.

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us. I learned a lot about the interview process I didn’t ever think of and in the future I know that will be helpful when starting a career.

- Madison Pagano

Thank you very much for meeting with our class. I very much appreciate your insight on how to shape our “building blocks” of life through your experiences of community service and internship opportunities.

- Catherine Sielaff

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to come speak with us. After your presentation I have become more passionate about a career in public health as your career has demonstrated there is a whole lot one person can do.  Also I now have a heightened awareness of how one should dress as well as the importance of a follow up thank you. I look forward to reading your book and learning more about subjects we discussed like finding building blocks and mentors.

- Caroline Silver

Thank you very much for meeting with our class and discussing the importance of business etiquette. I thought that your concept of a business culture was very interesting and helpful.

- James Stinson

I’d like to thank you for sharing your immense insight and wisdom with us. It was wonderful to hear someone with such expertise talk about a field I’m so interested in. Your advice was fantastic, and I’ll be sure to remember that I’m “always on.”  I hope to discover what I’m truly passionate about in the coming years and your lecture has really inspired me. Thank you again, and I look forward to reading your book!

- Bridgit Hrubecky, Averill Park High School

Thank you for coming to speak with us on Thursday. I really found it interesting that the art of professionalism is being lost through the generations and I appreciate that you are taking steps to try to bring it back.

- Jake Henricks, Averill Park High School

Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to come visit with us. It really made me think when you talked to us about the importance of mentors. When you first started talking about them no one came to mind as my mentor. But it gave me confidence when you told us how you didn’t realize who was your mentor until years later.

- Sydney Hurley, Averill Park High School

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to have a discussion with us. The idea of creating “building blocks” for my resume and future career resonated with me. It will be very helpful in my future applications, and I will take be certain to carry your advice with me in the future. Thanks again!

- Emily Isenhart, Columbia High School

Talking with you has really inspired to me find my calling; take my passion and pursue it! I’m extremely intrigued on the topic of world health and travel and am so excited to purchase your book to find out more about how to do this! I think I can say that you would be considered one of my mentors.

- Haley Gubitz, New Lebanon CSD

Thank you so much for coming to meet with us. Talking with you has made me look back and think of who my mentors are, and who they inspire me to be.

- Lily Flynn, Averill Park High School

Dear Sherry, Thank you for talking to us about what you do and teaching us how to better ourselves. I really enjoyed hearing about your new book and I can not wait to read it! I also enjoyed hearing about the opportunities available for people our age to travel and study. As someone who has never been out of the country studying abroad will be a good experience for me and will allow me to experience culture I haven’t come in contact with before. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us it was an experience I will not forget.

- Joshua Anthony, Lansingburgh High School

Thank you so much for speaking to us about professionalism and how to break into a career in global health. I am unsure of my career path right now, but you gave me insight as to how to find my cause. I appreciate all your insight on NGOs and opportunities for volunteer work and internships. It was evident that you are an expert in your field, and I truly appreciate you taking time to speak to us.

- Molly Bergin, Lansingburgh High School

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