Reflecting On My Summer Internship

by Russell Cornelius
It seems like just yesterday that I was packing up my car in preparation for the 16 hour drive across the nation to Elon University where I was going to be the summer intern in the Gender and LGBTQIA Center. Now I have only a few hours left at Elon before beginning the same journey back to Missouri.

This summer has been an amazing experience. I have met so many wonderful people passionate about what they do that show genuine concern and interest for others, and I will cherish each and every one of these people forever.

Looking back on my internship I was very unsure of what to expect when I arrived on campus. During the course of the 9 short weeks at Elon, I learned so much about what goes on in an LGBT Center. I have sat in planning meetings for inclusivity during new student orientation, met with many different people across academic departments to help implement the Presidential LGBTQIA Task Force findings, and even refined my inner graphic designer. At first I may not have found the importance of any of these projects, but after a few meaningful conversations with my peers I was able to look at them through a different lens and fully appreciate the knowledge I was gaining through these seemingly mundane tasks.

I challenge you #SAGrad if you are having trouble realizing the importance of a task, take a step back and look at how it fits into the bigger picture of your role at your university. 

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