Stories by Our Fellows

Putting All the Puzzle Pieces together

This summer has been full of excitement, knowledge and wonderful new experiences. Working at the Special Olympics during such a busy time has taught me more about myself than anything. For starters, it has taught me that I still have so much to learn but it is okay to...

From on the Ground to Behind the Scenes

All I have ever wanted to do was make a difference in the world. Honestly, I did not have a specific idea about how I wanted to make the world a better place or even create a change. When I first went to Africa and volunteered at an orphanage, I connected with the...

One Hand Up, One Hand Down

It gnaws at me constantly. It wasn’t there before. It makes my head pound, my hands sweat, and my motivation sink. Whenever I think of my major and future career, I only feel worry; not the excitement I want to course through me.  I know I want to work on a cause with...

How to Trend Change

I can honestly say that this has been one of the most eye-opening summers I’ve ever had. I came into this internship not really knowing what to expect, communications and advocacy appearing in my mind like vague ideas as opposed to concrete, strategic concepts.  As I...

My Karel Experience: Lessons Learned

I don’t know everything. Looking back at my grade school years, I can’t pinpoint my learning to a specific time frame; I don’t know the exact day I learned to write an essay or divide the long way, and I can’t definitively tell you what I learned from year to year....