Last days on the job...

Last days on the job...

I have to say, my last days at Leadership Africa USA were much like the first. I went through a roller coaster of emotions. First I felt lost because I knew this chapter of my life was ending; next I felt inferior because after all I've learned this semester, I knew I still have so much to learn. More than all of these emotions, I felt a sense of pride, because at the end of the day, I was part of a team that is making real progress towards a variety of developmental challenges in Africa. I felt like more than an intern--someone who could be considered a colleague one day. In case I didn't mention it before, my internship at Leadership Africa USA has been a taste of my dream job. In the coming years I hope to get more work experience, a master's degree and have completed a tour with the Peace Corps. My boss and supervisor have been wonderful to work with and have also helped me to carve out my plans for the next 3-5 years. By far, my internship placement was the most valuable experience I had in DC. Looking back, I don't think any college graduate is fit for the "real world" until they have completed an internship. Not every dream job is sunshine and rainbows. I think internships allow students to realize all the brunt work that has to go into the "dream job." The dream is a lot of hard work.

 

 

At the end of a successful semester, Walker Williams and Shehnaz Rangwala (the President and Program Director respectively) treated Alexa and I to a heavenly lunch which resulted in a food coma for all of us. There are a surprising number of Indian restaurants in DC and I have been able to taste a few, none of them even compared to our lunch at the Bombay Club. Rumored to be one of former President Clinton's favorite restaurants, we were able to sample a variety of authentic Indian dishes. We even had enough leftovers for dinner. I feel spoiled because now I feel I will have discriminating taste when it comes to Indian food. After our lunch we had to take a photo of our "office family."

 

 

Since I am trying to build a life in DC after graduation, I am so blessed to have Shehnaz and Walker looking out for me in this busy city. I am looking forward to my future, however, I have high standards thanks to my internship at Leadership Africa USA.

 

Until next time...

 

-Katie

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