The education I pursued and subsequent jobs I've held reflect the idealistic person I was as a VISTA volunteer. I may not be so idealistic now, but the line of work remains the same.
I became an Art Therapist and have worked at a day center for people with severe and persistent mental illness, a community mental health center, a state mental hospital and, currently, for a non-profit organization serving abused, abandoned and neglected children. I have also been a Hospice volunteer, a volunteer probation officer and taught art to a wide variety of populations.
It's interesting to look back and see the thread of service running through my life that started from my VISTA experience.