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Valuable Lessons in Work and Life

by Nov 21, 20172017, Archived Posts

Today we said good bye to our fall intern, Julia Irving, from Franklin Pierce University. We are grateful to have her as part of our team this fall and sad to see her go. In this column I have asked Julia to tell you about her experience at The River Center Family and Community Resource Center.

My name is Julia Irving. I am a senior at Franklin Pierce University majoring in psychology. Over the fall semester I interned at The River Center. Interning at The River Center was one of the best things that could have happened to me because it expanded my view on the world. It also introduced me to some truly amazing and caring people. My days are coming to an end interning for The River Center but I am truly blessed to have met these people and to have had the opportunity to experience so many different things.

One of the programs I worked with every week is the Farm-to-Table program. At this program we met at a local church kitchen and cooked fresh snacks or meals with the children and their parents. This program allowed me to work one on one with the children and really connect with some of them. One success story I can take with me is when a shy little girl at Farm-to-Table bonded with me almost right off the bat. This made me feel really confident in my position.

I worked with Wendy and Kelli for the Farm-to-Table program. These two women are incredible and have so much empathy for the families that come to Farm-to-Table. I have learned so much about being a more caring person from these two. Their constant reassurance and support has shaped me into a more empathetic and caring person.

Margaret has given me so many opportunities while interning here. I helped out with other programs like Family Fun Night and Tunes for Tots. I also went to several different places with Margaret: Boynton Middle School, Family Support New Hampshire annual meeting, Mascenic School District offices, the Jaffrey Rindge Rotary meeting, and more. I also got to sit in on a lot of meetings and meet new people. Being able to see Lynn Lyons speak about anxiety was a great opportunity for me. I can take her knowledge and apply it to my life as well as others.

No one treated me as just an intern, but their equal. This experience has given me a lot more insight into myself and has confirmed that I want to be able to help people like The River Center helps people. I will never forget my time here or the amazing people that I have met.

We wish you well Julia. You will do well wherever you go and whatever you do.

We at The River Center are thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving. Thankful for being part of this community, thankful for your financial and volunteer support of The River Center programs, thankful that you care about individuals and families in our community.

Happy Thanksgiving!