Summers at Oxy
July 27, 2015
Blogger: Somer Greene
Summer at Oxy is beautiful. You can feel the campus rest. This is my first summer at Oxy, and I can’t think of a better way to usher in my senior year! The quad is quiet, except for excited campers and readers on the benches. People picnic under blankets of shade. Flowers bend and straighten to invitations from the wind.
My friends and I have found so many pockets of peace on campus this summer. Although we are all busy—trying to find sanity between 40 hour/week internships, summer research, and applying for grad schools and fellowships—summers at Oxy encourage us to be aware of the time that’s been created to pursue what we love.
This summer I am interning at Community Partners as a Cornuelle Summer Fellow through the Career Development Center’s (CDC) Intern LA program. I am learning about the innerworkings of the nonprofit sector, and the organizational details that allow nonprofits to create sustainable and systematic change in their communities. Community Partners is like an incubator for nonprofits, they work with community leaders, organizations, and social entrepreneurs to “accelerate ideas into action to advance the public good.” From healthy food initiatives to violence prevention programs, Community Partners works with a variety of nonprofits whose work has affected many lives throughout the L.A. County.
I feel so fortunate and am forever grateful for this experience to participate in my learning, and to have time to reflect on it as well. Through Intern LA, I spend Fridays in breakout sessions where I learn how to apply my educational experiences, personal values, and core beliefs to my work as intern. I work with other students and CDC counselors to clarify my career and post-grad goals.
Whether it’s discussing my panic about grad schools or finding myself surrounded by the wisdom of silence in the quad one evening, summers at Oxy have expanded my awareness and allowed me to celebrate the process of introspection.