10 Questions for Amanda Smith, Vocational Services Manager
Amanda's been with The Arc of York County 2017. She started as an Employment Training Specialist and was promoted to her current position a year ago.
1. What is the first concert you ever attended?
Probably Creation Festival in Mount Union, PA. Still one of my favorite concerts/festivals to go to. Nothing beats farmland with a stage nestled in its valley and mountains as the backdrop.
2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I'd want to learn to country line dance and two-step fluently.
3. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
I would want to design and build a small ranch in northern PA, give money to family members, and use the rest to better deserving families in the community.
4. What book did you last read?
The last book I read was "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. My all-time favorite books would have to be "1,000 Gifts" by Ann Voskamp and "Hinds' Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnand.
5. What is your favorite sport?
My favorite sport to watch would be football (Go Penn State!). To participate in would have to be horseback riding.
6. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Jesus- anyone who can heal the sick, turn water into wine, and walk on water is well worth the conversation.
7. Best vacation you've been to?
In 2017, I did a trip with a friend that encompassed Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Hands down the best trip I have been on. We hiked Zion and Bryce National Park in Utah which was breath taking, and paddle boarded Antelope Canyon in Arizona.
8. Favorite Food?
I would consider myself a French fry connoisseur.
9. How do you define success?
Success is the reflection of a life lived well through the act of daily deciding to work hard, choose joy, practice gratitude, and serve others with no expectation of anything in return, possessing the desire to always learn and recognize opportunity even in the mundane.
As Theodore Roosevelt once said, "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms; the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
10. What is your favorite thing about working at The Arc of York County?
My favorite thing about working for The Arc of York County would have to be serving the clients. To see our clients prosper through the programs offered is not only rewarding but also humbling that they allow us to be part of their journey.