Every week, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania will be spotlighting our administrative and site coordinator staff with a 10-question interview. Today’s spotlight is on External Relations Coordinator, Meg Connolly.

1. What would be the title of the autobiography of your life?

My autobiography would be titled, “Meg Connolly: Brunette Leslie Knope.”

2. What is the one thing you can’t live without?

I couldn’t live without my family, friends, or my phone.

3. If you had unlimited time, what skill or hobby would you want to start?

I would love to learn how to surf!

4. Name 3 things that define you as an individual.

Ambition, humor, and empathy.

5. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

My parents would have to be my biggest inspirations. They are both such hard working individuals and constantly push me to be the best version of myself.

6. What was one past experience that made you a stronger individual?

I transferred colleges after my freshman year, and although it was a few years ago I still believe it was one of the most transformative times in my life. I changed my major to something I only had an inkling of knowledge about, capitalized on my interest with clubs and organizations, and managed to turn it into a career. This experience forced me to be confident in my decision-making, both big and small.

7. What advice would you give your younger self?

I would advise younger Meg to not only trust the process but also trust that you have what it takes to achieve all levels of success, no matter what.

8. How do you define success?

Success is having a goal in mind and working hard to achieve it, despite obstacles and adversity. It means having the resilience to rise to occasions and the passion to seek out positive results. I’m also a fan of this quote by Maya Angelou, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

9. What drives you to do this type of work?

I have always enjoyed helping people and although I’m not working directly with the kids, it’s nice to know that the work that I do helps behind the scenes.

10. What is the best part about working for Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania?

The best part about working at Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania is the people. Everyone is motivated and energized to achieve the same goal, which is to help kids stay in school and achieve in life.