Growing up my dream was always to help people with my career. I considered the professions who had helped me most in my life: teachers, doctors, church workers. Then as I was applying for colleges, both of my parents became unemployed and we were unsure how I would be able to afford my dream school. I received a scholarship from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation that significantly reduced the financial burden on my family. As I became involved in the organization, I saw the passion, drive, and talent that effectively runs a non-profit everyday. I realized that I want to one day be the Executive Director of a non-profit.
The next academic year I declared my major as Human Services. The program uses sociological ideas and theories to apply in non-profit management. Through the major, I am required to have a different service-learning, volunteer, or internship site each semester. I have worked with a diverse group of organizations including a child advocacy and therapy center, a retirement home, and a boutique that supports marginalized women. I also now intern with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and have gleaned an immense amount from my time there. I have had the privilege to sit in on board meetings, be mentored by the President and CEO, work in both the communications and scholarship departments and gain first-hand experience. As the ED of a non-profit, I might not change the entire world, but I can change individual world’s.