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Final Round: Burke ’19 at the Dayton Quest Center in Dayton, Ohio

Life has a way of surprising you. It will make you take turns down paths that you would have never expected to be walking on. When I began working at the Dayton Quest Center (DQC) during my second co-op in January of 2017, I had no idea that my post-Antioch career plans were going to center around the Hombu dojo. Yet, here I am, writing my final co-op blog post about my experience at the DQC.

A selfie of myself promoting the Kunoichi (“Female Ninja”) Hat design by the DQC!

The Dayton Quest Center’s objective is “Unleash Your Potential!” Through our martial art, To-Shin Do, we aim to help our students achieve mastery over their lives. We seek to empower, encourage, and promote wellness through the physical and mental aspects of our martial art. To-Shin Do is a self-defense based martial art that focuses on the alignment of the body and skeletal structure and the power of gravity to gather strength. I used to lack confidence in myself. I used to believe that, if something happened to me, I would be unable to defend myself. After discovering To-Shin Do, that all changed. I know that I can defend myself. I know that I am worth defending. I deserve to go home at the end of the day happy, healthy, and safe, and To-Shin Do has shown me that I can achieve that.

DQC staff wearing Santa Hats to promote our Christmas in July event.

At the DQC, my title is Administrative Assistant. That’s job-title-speak for, “I do basically everything.” I begin my day with a checklist of tasks that must be completed before classes start at 4:15 p.m. I check missed calls and messages, sift through our email, restock the uniforms and snacks, take inventory, clean and organize the desk and lobby, and do a quick dusting. This work usually takes just an hour. Then I will fill any online orders that we receive. After that, I have a variety of tasks that I could do. Something new needs to be done each day, so I always experience something different. Once classes start, I typically help teach the Mighty Ninja classes.  After, I will sit behind the desk, answering the phone, running the Pro-Shop, and answering questions from our students. Once the night comes to an end, I will clean the bathrooms, take out the trash, and do a quick organizing of the desk before I head out for the night.

Students who graduated from the Dayton Quest Center in the month of July

During my one year and eight months at the DQC, I have learned so much and developed many skills. I help prospective students make financial and time-commitment decisions to help them fit our program into their schedule. I see at least eighty people every day, so I have developed better people and communication skills. I am currently fostering my salesperson skills and am working on selling our products in an ethical manner that feels good to me. While my time at the DQC has been relatively short, I have learned so much and expect to continue expanding my abilities as an employee, person, and community member.

If you would like to learn more about the Dayton Quest Center, you can visit our website here, check out our Instagram or Facebook pages, or train online at Ninja Self Defense for a monthly fee.

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Hello! My name is Kyna Burke. I’m an Environmental Science major at Antioch College. My interests include playing the ukulele and piano, practicing photography, To-Shin Do, and cosmetics. I am currently on co-op in Dayton, Ohio at the Dayton Quest Center, which is the local To-Shin Do dojo. I am loving my experience here!   I consider myself incredibly positive. I believe positivity is essential to successful projects and organizations as well as keeping people grounded and inspired. I am a natural leader and great public speaker. I used to act, sing, and dance on a stage for about four years; a speech in front of fifty people is nothing more than a small crack on the sidewalk in terms of an obstacle. I am crafty, and I love working with my hands. I do enjoy working on a computer in programs such as Photoshop. I am creative, expressive, and a great problem solver.   I am incredibly interested in botany, floriculture, forestry, and ecology. Although I have a great love for performance and art, I love to delve into the world of science, chemicals, and ecosystems. I love to get my hands dirty and explore through touch and sight, as well as learning how a small change in an ecosystem can alter it completely. I would love to combine my love for science and art by using some sort of education to teach people. I would like to educate people with an alternative method.   My home is in Oregon, so living in Ohio (and so far from close family) is a challenge. I’d like to challenge myself even more and explore the world on my own. I am grateful for the Co-op program because it has allowed me to grow independently and given me the skills to thrive as an individual. Thank you for reading this small description of me. I hope we get to meet in person one day and share stories together. Until then, I hope you have a wonderful day.

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