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 not know everything right away. There were times I felt overwhelmed and lost for answers to complete my tasks. Granted, I didn’t let that bring me down, as I am not a quitter. I researched and utilize my resources, discovering that I am capable of getting a job done with the knowledge I currently possess. This summer, working as an intern for the Special Olympics increased my overall confidence and ability to be self-sufficient in the workplace.
Another piece of the puzzle that came together for me from this experience is a better understanding of my future. I have learned that being an advocate for issues I believe in is the next step in my career path. Working behind the scenes helped me understand how much work and dedication goes into making a vision possible. I want to be a part of that vision!
When looking back at my personal life, I’ve watched my youngest brother Kamir play for the Special Olympics knowing very little about the organization. This summer however has opened up my eyes to see endless possibilities for him as an athlete with an intellectual disability. I wanted him to know that during my summer at the Special Olympics, I have been able to work towards something amazing that he too, can take part of one day. I want him to aspire to be great at whatever he wants to do, and know that his hard work will not go unnoticed.
Lastly, the summer would not have been nearly as exciting if it wasn’t for the other fellows. Each fellow has a unique personality that made our group full of life. I highly enjoyed visiting each of their organizations throughout the summer and look forward to keeping in touch with all of them. It will be a pleasant reunion at Frank when we will be able to come together once again. This summer was a summer of a lifetime! I’m so glad I was able to be a part of something that made a difference. Thanks to the Frank Karel fellowship, I am one step closer to becoming the person I knew I could be. I end with a phrase I’ve really grown to embrace:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi