I have always strived to be a seeker of adventures, a learner, and a doer. As a sophomore at Penn State, I’ve already begun to see just how quickly four years in college can go by. I’m no longer a freshman– my timidness and intimidation by such a large university has left me. Now, I have started to explore the countless array of options available to me at this amazing school. When I stumbled upon the Center for Global Studies’ internship application, I was instantly intrigued and began to research the center more and more. I quickly realized that this internship position would be an amazing opportunity that would have the potential to open doors for me down the road.
As an International Politics and African Studies major, I have the utmost respect for foreign cultures and global identities. I believe that through better cultural understanding and awareness, the world can change for the better. From my studies so far, I have realized how ignorant I really was of the world, and how much still I have yet to learn. I think one of the main reasons I was drawn to this internship opportunity was for reasons similar to those above; the center, with its goals of the innovative studies of of globalization, outreach programs, and increased awareness for global issues are all things I feel strongly about. In our increasingly globalized world, programs like those that Center for Global Studies brings to Penn State are truly extraordinary and inevitably helpful to the future awareness and growth of the students and the region.
I interned at a Development Office this past summer, and I felt limited and held back by the amount of busy work I was required to do. While I know that someone must do these things, and I had no issue at all with doing it in moderation, there were many days where I would do mindless work of shredding paper and scanning documents. I felt like my skills and mind were not being utilized, which frustrated me.
I have already been thrilled with the work I have done at the center in just two or three short weeks. Whether it be writing a press release for a renowned visiting scholar, making a poster for advertisement, or managing the center’s social media pages, I have felt challenged and involved in many aspects of the center’s work. I am truly happy with my decision to pursue this opportunity.
With this just being the beginning of my journey with the center, I have huge hopes for the future. I hope to take on bigger responsibilities and challenge myself, but most importantly, I hope to learn more about myself and the world that I live in during my time here.