What a meaningful summer! A summer full of learning experiences, laughs, and great relationships. I remember when I first applied to the internship, I was excited, nervous, and anxious. When I received the opportunity to have the Skype interview, I knew I was one step closer. I immediately called my mother, she didn’t answer, so I then called my dad and he was very excited for me. Knowing that I would be in D.C was amazing, I knew this was going to be a one in a life time opportunity for me. The day I arrived to Washington D.C I remember getting off of the plane, it was muggy, hot, and humid. I was so not prepared for this. Seeing the tall buildings, and the city was something that I had to get used to. The first time that we met in Cleo’s office I remember that the interns and I were shy, and in shock for being in D.C. The experience seemed so surreal, and to this day that is what it still seems like.
The smiles, the experiences, and the laughs are the definition of our happiness while being here. I knew this experience was not going to be easy. There were times in where I got home sick, there were times in where I asked my self if coming was the best decision. To this day I know in my heart it was the best experience I could have ever had. The networking and the connections that I made in D.C are very important. The adventures that I went through with the interns from traveling to New York City, to touring the city were amazing. Every event that we were invited to had a purpose, and that purpose was to meet new people, people who one day could be your colleagues.
I would have to say that being placed with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund was an experience that I hold very close in my heart. The dedication that this organization has to protecting the rights of Latinos made me discover that this is something that I look forward to doing in my career. The staff, and everyone in that office were very welcoming since the first day. It was everything that I expected it to be and more.
The impact that this internship had in my life was something great. All of the experiences that I went through challenged me to think in a way that I never thought I could before. I learned that everything that we go through always has a reason behind it. I see the difference in the mentality that I had when I had first just arrived to D.C, and the difference in the mentality that I have now. It is a positive, confident mentality that tells me that I can do whatever I want to do, I can make it happen. There is no impossible for me, because with hard work and dedication everything is possible.
My parents and I are very very thankful for this opportunity. This accomplishment is for both of us. They could not see what I was doing, but I know that they were happy. My parents have worked very hard to get to where they are today, like many of our migrant parents. Even though they weren’t here with me, I know that they were both working in the fields under the hot scorching sun with a smile on their face. They have a smile on their face because their daughter is doing what makes her happy, and that is receiving an education and helping others. My parents made it possible for me to receive an education, and to have all of these amazing opportunities. I will continue to do what I love, and make all of you proud! I would like to thank everyone who followed my journey. Thanks to Cleo, for giving the most meaningful summer of my life. Thanks to Janna, Robert, Delia, Norma, Carolyn, and everyone else who had a great impact in my life. Thanks to Andrea, and David, my amazing host parents! Their love and support throughout this entire experience made everything so much easier. Lastly, thanks to my amazing fellow interns, Griselda, Luis, and Misael. They are amazing individuals, individuals that I am blessed to have in my life. Their friendship, turned into a sibling’s relationship. I will miss them very dearly, and I can’t wait for us to have our first reunion.
Wish all of you the best! Hope you all loved this experience as much as I did!