This year, I didn’t have a New Year Resolution, but I guess I’ve stumbled upon four ‘New Joints’. I have joined my Indy church, joined my local gym, joined the local Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. chapter, and joined the National Society of Black Engineers – Indianapolis Alumni Extension.
I’ve been tutoring at my church since early 2009. Once a week, after work, I tutor the kids in math (and read and play learning games with the 3 year olds!) Around Easter, the pastor had a 3 part bible study immediately following the tutoring hours and I was encouraged to stay. After staying for those, I was encouraged to come to Sunday service. Almost 9 months later, I walked that aisle. I’m really excited about my new members’ classes and reading the bible completely through in 1 year with this plan. The main thing I love about my church is that we are trying to encourage and uplift the community while sharing the joy of Jesus.
I also kinda fell into my gym. The girls and I love Zumbathere! I went to the competitor gym across the street and the Zumba was whack!! There was this old lady with no spirit and didn’t really show her love of instructing. Weeks later, I tried it out at my gym and it was AMAZING! Initially, we would only go about once a month. Then, after putting a greater focus on health, we started going more often. When proposed to join for about the 10th time, I had to do the math; each class is $10 and a monthly membership is $30. Also with the membership, I had full access to the gym, and all the classes they offer. Since, I joined, I have been going about 3 times a week and it’s been great!
I was initiated into my AKA chapter in 2007 and have been financially active since then. There are two chapters in Indy usually know as the big chapter and the little chapter. I went to the little chapter’s meeting early 2009 and I enjoyed that they were small, young, and ready to expand and help the city. I went to a meeting with the big chapter toward the end of 2009 and personally, they seemed older and had a greater focus on improving the chapter and organization. I went to the recent retreat for the little chapter where big things were proposed for this year and I wanted to be a part of it!
Of course, I have continued to be involved in NSBE, and was on the Fall Regional Conference Planning Committee, but I was not active in the local chapter. I planned my life and weekend around the chapter meeting to make sure that I could attend. At the meeting, we spoke about self-image and goals: what are they now, and how to improve them. My plan was centered around my expectation to tutor, teach, and assist others in mathematics. My full goals are still being finalized, but this was a great beginning. Also, I volunteered with the chapter at a Women In Engineering breakfast for 8th grade girls where I gave them insight on the true meaning of an engineer and how they can focus their high school and college careers on that path.
All of these New Joints have thus far been a great addition to my life. They attracted me because of their concern with people and the community. The plan now is to continue to grow, meet new people, and enhance my Indy experience.