Same Ol’ Same Ol’

Written by: Gautam Sajja

If you asked me eight months ago about my experience working in a new program dedicated to assisting Walnut Creek residents save money on their water and energy bills, I would answer with a sense of pride in the novelty of the situation (at least for me). Now, almost a year later, if you were to ask me the same question today, I would answer it with more pride, but less novelty. A sense of accomplishment in those I have helped, the city of Walnut Creek, and of course, our program. I have been continuing to conduct outreach at places like the Walnut Festival and the classic farmer’s market; always ready to switch up our material with new raffle prizes, sweets, and themed questions to keep the resident, as well as ourselves, interested.

Although outreach opportunities are nothing new, the events we attend are consistently different. Along with the staple outreach hubs like the aforementioned farmer’s market, with a new month comes new inspired occasions that the entire team looks forward too. I mentioned in a previous article how our noble program may end in a few short months, but that is no excuse to stop branching out to new social media environments, or to end the updates that are at your weekly disposal. No, our team has a moral obligation to see this program until its end.

Even if that end is closer than we’d like, so be it. Ultimately that decision is out of my hands and in the hands of those who look solely at the numbers. As my first job, it is a little bit difficult to see myself doing anything else, but I am confident in the skills I have learned that I can apply to not only my life, but others around me as well, even if I do not receive a fancy paycheck.

The future is uncertain, but it is about what you do with that uncertainty that leads to greatness. I only question what’s next.


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