I first found out about this internship from an advertisement on Instagram. I saw the ad and thought the program looked super neat, but I pretty much instantaneously forgot about it. A few weeks later, on a mid-global-pandemic Saturday or Sunday, I remembered. This remembrance spurred a post-river day, windows down, music blasting convo with my family about the opportunity and my availability for the six weeks.
A couple of weeks earlier, I had attended a blanket-making event with Passion Impact and had an excellent time. Before that, I had been introduced to the club by a friend. I was already intrigued at the prospect of joining in the upcoming school year, and this internship seemed like an excellent “in” to an organization that was a thousand times better than I ever could’ve imagined. It turned out to be a no-brainer to apply.
From day one of orientation, I knew that this organization was something I wanted to be involved in. The people were amazing, every single one of them. And right away, I knew Passion Impact would help me grow as a person, develop leadership skills and determine meaningful ways in which I could actively make a difference about issues I care about.
Throughout this internship, I’ve been asked to question my beliefs, look at who I am as a person, how I choose to be in the world, how I want to be, and how those I follow influence me. Every week brought new Ted Talks, workshops, short stories, projects, and discussions. All of which helped me to foster growth within myself and consequently in those around me too.
I feel so grateful for the opportunity I was given to be a part of this internship. I have savored every second and am exquisitely eager at the prospect of continuing to grow as a person and connect within the Franklin community through VEP in the upcoming school year.
Quite honestly, I’m not entirely sure where all the time went; the last six weeks have elapsed in a flash. But if one thing is for sure, I know I’ve grown more into the person I want to be and learned so incredibly much, and for that, I’ll be forever thankful.
Written by: Isa Hensley
Edited by: Anabelle Jukkala