Over the past decade or so, the various positions I have held have provided me with outstanding opportunities to do some engaging and meaningful work:
- Going above and beyond as editor on Richard Power’s Tangled Web book. I handpicked the editors, the cover, came up with the title, helped with PR, you name it.
- My summer sojourn at Indianapolis Monthly, where I worked on their 25th Anniversary issue, interviewed Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and wrote a great essay on being downsized.
- Researching, writing, interviewing, and helping direct shots and edits to a documentary on Wabash College’s Malcolm X Institute for Black Studies.
- Conducting interviews and assisting in editing for the NCAA’s Don’t Bet on It campaign.
- Running a small nonprofit arts organization.
Somebody actually paid me to do all of those things.
Through my volunteer work, I’ve also achieved some amazing accomplishments:
- Helping raise $2,056,664 in contributions from half the solicitable role of 361 Phi Delt donors to build a new $4.2 million fraternity house at Wabash College for a chapter that has existed for more than 160 years.
- Helping as a volunteer assistant varsity swim coach for four coaches at Wabash.
- As a class agent, setting up a blog to keep classmates informed of class and campus happenings.
- Managing the Facebook group and website for the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men, a regional alumni association representing over 2,000 alumni.
Nobody paid me to do any of those things.
But they all add up to some solid experience, and I had a damn good time doing all of it when I look back.
I can’t wait to see what other things I can accomplish.