Stories by Our Fellows

“Tell your story”

This was the best advice my 7th grade writing teacher gave me. I had to write an essay to apply for a scholarship and she said, “Tell your story, and it’ll change your life.” I was 12 years old. This was the beginning of my journey with storytelling. Ever since, I...

The intersection between mission and passion

As a first-generation Latina who’s grown up witnessing and experiencing our nation’s ever-evolving relationship with race and discrimination, I’ve always been drawn towards conversations and initiatives that revolve around these issues. I tend to view social...

Not Always Picture-Perfect…

Being a Karel Fellow has been my dream for the past three years — my picture-perfect internship, if you will. I had been visiting this website weekly since November to see if there were any updates about applications, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I cried real...

The Power of Note Taking

My memory is horrible. I’m not surprised however, considering nearly all my grandparents on my father’s side have had alzheimer’s (idk if that’s how genetics works but that’s how I like to think about it). Since I can remember, I have always written down tasks,...

Bravery and Storytelling

My first day as a Karel Fellow at Spitfire Strategies I got lunch with Aaron, my “buddy” for the summer who is also a former Karel Fellow. Among the many pieces of advice he gave me was to “be brave.” It may be easier said than done, but it’s something that I’ve often...

The art of answering “what do you do?”

As a young person, how often are you asked by an adult, “What do you do?”  Once a week? Twice a month? Every day? How often do you stand there, shuffling through all of your memories, trying to condense your life experiences into something easily consumable; from the...