After School Special: Thursday, September 6th.

There is merit in nostalgia. 

For as long as I can remember I have been a fan of The Babysitters Club. As a young reader, it was believable, clean, and fun fiction. As an adult reader, it remains easy, safe, and relatable. In today’s ever-evolving and complicated world, I’ll gladly get lost in the adolescent narratives of Kristy and her sitter squad. 

When I was a babysitter I longed for camaraderie or experiences similar to what I discovered within the series. I recall sharing these exact sentiments with a friend. Her response remains with me years later. “Save it for fiction, Katie.” 

Early on I was a dreamer and believer in the power of possibility, especially within words. And while I was a solo sitter in my high school and college years, I’m now able to be a part of this project. For this, I am grateful.

I spend the majority of my time in some classroom capacity. I’m either in a traditional setting or in a virtual hub of scholarly discourse. I have a passion for first year college students and I’m especially fond of making their early academic environment one that is rooted in inquiry and propelled by passion. 

A reoccurring obstacle I see within my first and second year student population is self-identifying skillsets and cultivating confidence. Too many of my students are unaware of how to pinpoint their potential. 

Additionally, I see resumes lacking in community and work experience. And while clubs and sports are tied to their school experiences, there's a noticeable absence in independent projects. 

I am confident that the club we're forming in Madison is a way to bridge this gap. We're more than babysitting. Our workshops expose sitters to entrepreneurs and community leaders. Our activities offer insight into skills like first aid, resume writing, and time management. 

Sitters, come set the scene with us. We're accepting members and eager for you to make your mark. 

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