Stories by Our Fellows

Why Storytelling?

I’ve been asked to tell stories for years, from when I was a little kid participating in Show-and-Tell every Friday to the countless applications I’ve had to fill out for colleges and internships. And in theory, I’ve always internalized that stories are important. But...

One Size Does Not Fit All

“When was the moment you realized how awesome wildlife is?” That was one of the first questions my boss asked me on my first day at the National Wildlife Federation. Sounds like a simple question, but I remember my heart sinking and my mind shuffling...

One Step at a Time

I spent three years dreaming of this Fellowship, and I can’t believe it’s over. The past two months felt like forever, but, at the same time, it went by so fast. How is that possible? I learned so much, but not in the way I expected. I’ve been used to being...

Bridging Bias

I struggle to relate to wealthy people. I blame my bias to growing up in a working class family where my parents had to choose between putting food on the table and paying rent. I am from a small town and daily life is comfortable and predictable. I know everyone in...

Unlocking The Value of Networking

Nervous. Anxious. Doubtful. Fearful. These are just some of the feelings I felt when I started interning at the Communications Network. I was afraid I would fail at my tasks because I had no background in communications. But those negative feelings quickly vanished. I...

The Beauty of Representation

“The action of speaking or acting on behalf of someone or the state of being represented.” That’s one of the Webster’s definitions of the word representation. To me, the word can have different meanings depending on the context. It can mean that someone has your back,...