This semester, while I'm looking forward to spending time with the people I've met at USF before graduation and people start to move away, I'm most looking forward to my internship. I will be interning for buildOn, which is a national non-profit that empowers high schoolers to serve locally and globally. While the students in their programs do regular service projects in their communities, they also participate in global education lessons and fundraising. The money they raise goes toward building schools in developing countries. Some of the students get to travel to those countries to help begin the schoolhouse construction and to learn from and about the communities that they impact with their fundraising. BuildOn currently builds schools in Mali, Malawi, Nicaragua, Haiti and Nepal.
One of the reasons that I'm really looking forward to this opportunity is that I am a buildOn alum! In high school in Connecticut, I was a member of my school's buildOn program. I travelled to Mali during my sophomore year with other students from Connecticut and New York. That trip had a huge impact on me and definitely influenced my choice of major. I'm also exited to gain more experience in the professional non-profit world as I get closer and closer to graduation.