Alumni Spotlight: Ruby Liang April 29, 2013Posted by servicecorpsnews in Alumni Spotlight.
Ruby Liang recently completed a term of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member assigned to the Military Officers Association of America through the American Legion Auxiliary Call to Service Corps. In her assignment as a Community Blueprint Network support specialist, Ruby coordinated MOAA national level support and communications to three MOAA chapters leading Community Blueprint efforts in their respective communities. In addition, she provided information to chapters responding to MOAA national efforts to initiate additional Community Blueprint sites nationwide. Prior to joining the Call to Service Corps, Ruby held positions with the Peace Corps and the Department of Homeland Security. Ruby holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego.
1. What motivated you to serve as an AmeriCorps member?
Ever since high school, I have been an active participant in community service. I am passionate about public service and helping those in need. Thus, AmeriCorps had always been something I was considering. After graduating from college in 2012, I thought it would be a good time to serve as an AmeriCorps member while trying to determine my future career path.
2. What motivated you to choose your sponsor organization?
I chose my sponsor organization based on its mission and location. I knew I wanted to join the military as a reservist, and I have always had an interest in veterans’ affairs. The Military Officers Association of America was therefore a perfect match, as it advocates for the rights of those that are currently serving or have served in the past.
3. Do you feel that you achieved your personal goals as an AmeriCorps member?
I do feel that I achieved my personal goals as an AmeriCorps member. I learned a lot about military communities and culture, which has also raised my awareness of military issues in general. My time with AmeriCorps also enabled me to figure out what kind of career I would like to pursue after my service term. I confirmed my decision to join the U.S. Air Force and pursue a career in the public sector. Being an AmeriCorps member has taught me to appreciate the value of community service and people’s sacrifices. I have definitely matured during my service year and certainly gained useful skills.
4. Are you particularly proud of any accomplishments from your service year? If so, can you explain why?
Even though my assigned project, the Community Blueprint, is something that requires a long period of time before I can see the results, I am proud to be part of it because I can see the progress I have made during the past year. The progress is slow, but I could see the impact I have made. I am proud that I have put in the effort to assist the military community, which will not end after my service year; it is something that I will continue to do. Since I am the first AmeriCorps member serving at my sponsor organization, I am proud to have accomplished the initial stage of the Community Blueprint. I think I made a great start to the project and hopefully this will be beneficial to the future AmeriCorps members coming on board.
5. What are your future plans after your AmeriCorps service year?
I will be going through a few months of military training as I have joined the U.S. Air Force as a reservist. Beside the Air Force reserve, I plan on pursuing a career in the public sector.