The work I am doing at my internship is very different from the work I complete at school. Though contrasting, they are both related to educational systems, which provides similar core principles to our missions.
At school the workload and responsibilities are divided up day/week wise, but currently the work is everyday but split into two sections.
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School to internship are extremely different, making them very hard to compare. They both benefit each other in many ways, the work is different, my objective is different, the environment is different - everything is different.
But, I know that returning to school my perspective will have changed due to this amazing experience.
One major lesson I've learned while in Liberia was: be grateful.
Be grateful that you have electricity, that you have running water, food on your plate, everyday luxuries, and so much more. Most importantly though:
Be great full you have an education.
While in Liberia, almost all of the kids I interacted with or heard about had a common trait: they wanted and education.
Wanted. They wanted and education. To me that is crazy, because these kids that have so little understand just how important education is, and how lucky those are who have it, yet I see so many people in the States who treat their education like trash and take it for granted.
I could go on and on about this topic, so let's leave it at that.
The largest challenge I've faced at my site was definitely the temperature. Everyday (except one) it was very hot and humid. Combine that with the dust and it got very annoying very fast. On top of this, the heat really saps your energy and while running on 2 meals a day I was tired often.
How has, or do, you see your internship changing the way you consider the paths your future will take?
Over this course of time, and definitely after returning home from Liberia, I can see how my future is changed. The need for help is incredibly high in Liberia, and am I not going to standby and watch - I will take an active role in helping.
I do not know when my next visit to Liberia, or even Africa, may be, but I do know that I will be returning. I want to help Liberia prosper, I want to see the kids in the Saint Paul school prosper - next time I go back I want to plant a seed and return later to have seen that seed grow.
There are so many ways to help, and so many areas to help in, I cannot see myself turning a blind eye. After being blessed enough to travel to Liberia at age 16, I know it is in my future to help wholeheartedly.