Time Flies!

the end of the internship

My time with Environment for the Americas has sadly come to an end 🙁 I am so thankful for EFTA for giving me this amazing opportunity. I can’t believe 2 months have passed by so fast, but I am so amazed by how much work was done at the Morton Freshman Center Monarch Garden during this time. The other interns and I worked hard to lead students to make the garden as great as it could possibly be! 

During my internship, I worked at the Morton Freshman Center Garden as a youth leader. I provided guidance to 25 current high school students by telling them what to do each day. I would either supervise them or join them in the work. Our main focus during this internship/program was to expand the garden. We started from scratch, with just an open field. Now, we have a garden that’s filled with thousands of plants ready to bloom. In fact, some of the plants have already started to bloom! The first one to bloom was the Monkey Flower! 

It is great to see how all of our hard work turned out. The students worked so hard each day and the outcome is absolutely amazing. I am so proud of everyone who contributed to this project. I am also proud of myself and the other interns (Lizbeth Delgado and Reynaldo Camas). We all did a great job in leading these students and getting the garden to be where it’s at now. We all got through challenges and made it all work out in the end! 

Morton Freshman Center Monarch Garden

WHat I learned

One of the main things I learned from this internship was leadership. Coming into this, I didn’t really know HOW to be a leader. I mean, I usually did like taking the lead in school projects, but this was definitely not the same. This internship taught me that being a leader is much more than just telling people what to do. Being a leader means being a good role model for people to look up to, being supportive of your group, but also know when to take action if someone isn’t doing what they’re supposed to. A leader also has to have good communication, be responsible, and be able to get through challenges. This was all new to me, but I’m glad to have learned this and I will for sure use this knowledge from now on!

Overall, this internship has been wonderful. I am so happy that I was given this opportunity and I hope there will be other interns like me, who just got out of high school. I think it’s great, as it taught me amazing things that will help me in my journey in college, as well as the rest of my life!

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