I was recently accepted as a content writer for Suite 101, which is for all practical purposes an unpaid writing gig; but a great way to obtain a forum for writing about your passion, be it container gardening, model train sets, or...volunteerism! Besides poetry, mine is volunteering. This winter, after a year of hard work, study, test-taking, and the submission of a professional portfolio, I earned my CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator) credential, something I feel a lot of pride in. It was a really good program. You never really know until you're deep into these things how practical or useful this sort of program is going to be in the real world; especially in the much-misunderstood field of volunteer management, but it was amazing. I can wholeheartedly endorse it as extremely practical, hands-on, and immediately useful in the profession. I feel a lot more confident and sure of myself now, even after eight years in the field. Being so inspired, I wrote a few articles for Suite 101 on volunteering, and will have more coming soon. Check them out if you want to find a great volunteer gig--and get the most out of it!