What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I’ll be working for the Atlanta Center for Civic Innovation. The CCI works toward community engagement by investing in local governments, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs. My goal is to work with nonprofits after college, but I have only ever interacted with these groups as a volunteer, giving me little insight into the challenges nonprofits face, the constraints, or the process by which entrepreneurs overcome these obstacles. Working with the Center for Civic Innovation is exactly the opportunity I have hoped for to begin taking a larger role in these kinds of community engagement efforts.
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
To me, social impact has meant listening to the unique challenges and obstacles in communities and working with those communities (not working for them!) to develop solutions. The most effective solutions are determined by the needs and goals of the community, so listening to those affected by these challenges is essential to driving social impact.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
GU Impacts will be my first time doing research, and my first time working for an organization of this scale. I’m excited to apply what I know from my service work and jobs in high school, but I’m also excited for the challenges I will face this summer. Learning how to overcome these obstacles will be a big opportunity for personal growth, as well as the program’s focus on reflection and extension. I want this project to be a part of my life after I leave Atlanta, and I’m excited to see how I can make that happen.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
I heard about GU Impacts through a teammate who had also worked for the CCI. The experience sounded really impactful on her professional and personal life, so I looked into the program more. I wanted to spend my summer doing something meaningful, and I think GU Impacts gives me the opportunity to grow personally while working for the community in Atlanta.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
The scope of GU Impacts is something that drew me in initially. While the project is only 10 weeks on the ground, GU Impacts focuses on extending the work far past the site time. I’m excited to incorporate my work in Atlanta into my overall Georgetown experience, and hopefully my professional life as well. I think this aspect of reflection, really focusing on the goals of the project and how I can further them after the end of my 10 weeks, is what makes GU Impacts different.
What’s your favorite quote?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
What are you currently reading?
One Summer by Bill Bryson