- How has this internship influenced your (near) future school, career, or life plans?
I’m going into my senior year this upcoming school year (which is an incredibly weird/ frightening/ anxiety provoking/ confusing thing to type). This entire summer I’ve been thinking about my future– I’m studying for my upcoming GRE, preparing my senior thesis, looking into grad schools, looking into post-grad jobs, the list goes on and on. I’ve been contemplating taking a gap year post-graduation, and this has been something I’ve been going back and forth on this entire summer. One thing that has made me nervous is that I was under the impression it would be super difficult to find work after graduation What I’ve realized thanks to this internship is that there are a lot of community organizations all over the country where I can work at any point in my career (whether that means post-Bachelor’s degree or post-PhD). Even if I decide to take a year off, I can find work at an organization whose values very closely match my own, and I can do meaningful work within different communities that I am proud of and happy to do. This internship has also influenced my post-grad plans because I’ve been able to talk to so many people who have had different life-experiences. I’ve been able to talk to people who are only a few years older than I am, and they’ve been able to tell me what decisions they’ve made (taking a gap-year and working, going straight into grad-school), but I’ve also been able to talk to people who are older than I am whose careers have been really interesting and who have done things/ had certain jobs that I would love to have.