Embracing Your Fear by Allie Nawrocki

December 16, 2022

Let me set the scene for you. It is August 2022, and I was about to leave my Midwest home. With it, I would be leaving everything I knew behind. At first, I was thinking I was crazy, flying to a place I had never been before. I had so much anxiety doing it by myself, and I also knew that I would miss my parents, my siblings, and friends. As I looked around, everything was different, and that was a daunting experience. This fear was familiar because I felt the same way when I went to college. I also moved out of state earlier in the year, so I felt the anxiety when I did that, too.

When you are about to make a big change in your life, your brain can mull over all the uncertainties. At least, that is what happened to me as I dreadfully imagined what the future will bring. When you feel that way, realize that it is okay to experience those emotions, but do not let them get the best of you. Being scared can impair your decision making, and that can affect your daily life. 

My point is, once I got to know the wonderful people I work with, I felt more comfortable. I learned so much about the history of Butte, Montana, and serving with the Science Mine was a huge honor. I can confidently say that, through my dedication and hard work, I made a positive impact on the organization. In conclusion, apprehension can lead to the greatest life experiences you will ever have. You just have to get past the trepidation and look for the positive things around you.   

Allie is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with The Science Mine in Butte, Montana