First Day on the Job!
During my junior year at Middlebury College, everyone was obsessed with getting a summer internship that would hopefully lead them to a bright future and yada yada. After working at a camp on Upper Saranac Lake for two summers, I decided it was time for me to figure out what I was missing out on and start the search for the perfect summer internship. I started my hunt, which served great procrastination on nights I didn’t want to do homework. To be perfectly honest I found nothing I was interested in. I understand how privileged I am to be able to search for something that interests me, but if I was going to give up my amazing job in the Adirondacks, my internship had to be worth it. Honestly I’m not that picky! I just didn’t want to become an expert envelope sealer or perfect paper cutter. I wanted to do something real… Real to me meant doing something I loved, something meaningful, something that would make a difference in the world one way or another, and something enjoyable. I’ve always been really passionate about sport for development, global health (particularly women and children’s health), and education. Finding in internship in one of those categories isn’t easy.
Finally after a bunch of dead ends, I stumbled upon an internship that really resonated with what I was interested in: sport for development. It was Little Bellas, and I found it through a program at Middlebury called MiddCORE. I applied right away. One of the most appealing aspects of the Little Bellas’ mission statement is the focus on fun and team building. I am a member of the Varsity Volleyball team as well as the Club Crew team and have recently gotten into the sport of skeleton. At a personal level, athletics have helped me develop my self-confidence and leadership skills and have brought to me understanding of inner happiness. I want to share with other girls the pursuit of personal contentment that I have discovered through athletics. I went through the interview process and… (spoiler alert) I got the job!
Meeting Lea and Sabra, the co-founders of Little Bellas, was awesome. One of the most inspiring things about them is that they developed the idea for Little Bellas while they were still in college! They are both so young and have already seen so much success in the athletic realm and with Little Bellas. If I have taken something away from Sabra and Lea, it’s that making a difference is possible. I’ve learned that making a difference isn’t easy, and it won’t happen on its own. It’s going to be a lot of work, and no one is going to do the hard work for you. I don’t need to settle for making copies and fetching coffee because, they have shown me what I want to do (empower girls through sport) is already within my reach. I am so honored (and have I mentioned excited?!) to be working with such incredible female athletes who will simultaneously serve as amazing role models.
While I am beyond excited about helping Little Bellas on the business end, I am nervous about the actual mountain biking component of the organization. I guess you could say I’ve had mountain biking coming for me since my aforementioned first bike ride without training wheels. In case you missed my last blog post I essentially crashed into a ditch… hard and fast (I believe it’s called an “Endo”). I’m looking forward to documenting my experiences throughout the summer and I hope you check back on my progress!