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Final Blog Posts from Rollins’ Summer 2014 LGBT Advocacy Interns

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Hanna Cody @ Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL) in Washington, DC

As I sit on the plane heading back to Minnesota, I can’t help but realize how wonderfully unexpected these past two months have been.  I came to Washington D.C. excited, but completely unaware of how transformative this summer would be.  My time at American University and SMYAL has helped me grow in my strengths as well as confidence.  A week ago I successfully executed a donor cultivation event that I planned from start to finish all on my own; I have watched a taping of Meet the Press; I had breakfast with Senator Al Franken; I was quoted in Tagg Magazine, DC’s premiere lesbian publication; and I met countless amazing people, including my wonderful roommate.  I loved my time here so much that I will be returning to American University as a participant in their Washington Semester Program for the fall.  I could not be happier to return to this incredible city in three weeks.  I honestly don’t know if I could ever sufficiently put into the words the experiences I’ve had and the lessons that I’ve learned this summer, but for the purposes of this blog, I will do my best to summarize.

This summer, I have learned that:

These lessons are applicable to anyone, anywhere, at any age or in any field, so I would hope that any student reading this would take some of this advice to heart.  As I conclude this blog post and my trip, I have to thank everyone who made this possible either by conducting interviews, answering my never-ending stream of questions, or just assuring me that I would some day conquer the Metro (in case you’re wondering, I only got lost a few times… a week).  This couldn’t have been possible without you, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Read all Summer 2014LGBT Advocacy Intern blog posts here.

 

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