There have been many experiences in my life that have provided me with memories that I will cherish for years to come, but one of the most memorable experiences I have encountered was my internship with Imagine Scholar.
My internship began in the winter of 2015 when I began my fundraising campaign, in an effort to help out IS with their daily needs and support of their students. The fundraising campaign was tough, but fun, and gave me the confidence I needed to try new things and be creative with my fundraising ventures. Although, I was not sue that I would be able reach the fundraising goal that I had set for myself, I eventually reached my goal with 2 weeks left in the campaign.
After reaching my fundraising goal, it was off to South Africa where I would get the chance to work with extremely bright students and a wonderful staff. In my previous jobs/internships, there was not much opportunity to interact directly with program participants, but when working with IS, I was free to formulate lesson plans of various topics including, philosophy and human security, which are two topics I am very passionate about. Not knowing if the students would take to these topics and concepts, I was a little nervous, but how impressed I was, with the student’s level of excitement geared towards the introduction of new concepts and ideas. I will never forget the philosophy lectures we held, the human security debates that occurred, and the passion that the staff and students had for innovative ideas. I was greatly inspired by the love that the students and staff had for their community and one and other.
I highly recommend working or interning with Imagine Scholar, because of the new experiences that will occur. With some internships, the focus is, “what can I bring to the organization, or how can I affect these students in my own unique way?” Although I was open minded to the experiences that may occur, I myself has these same thoughts. When I got to Imagine Scholar however, the impact that I thought I would have on the students, was quickly muted by the impact that the students had on me. The impact that traveling to South Africa and working with the IS students had on me is indescribable, and I am proud to say I was affiliated with the organization.
I would like to say thank you to IS, for all of memories that your staff and students provided me with!!