I spent about two months of the summer of 2008 in Japan, working at English language summer camps and spending some time with families at home stays. I returned from my trip to Japan at the end of August 2008. Two days after I returned my boyfriend of a little more than 2 years broke up with me, offering little in the way of explanation. I pretty much fell apart, and ended up taking a semester off from school because I knew that I wouldn't be able to do my best work while experiencing such a constant, exhausting swirl of emotions.
I did, however, stay involved with an organization that I first came in contact with in the spring of 2008 - The Aurora Center. I served in many roles at The Aurora Center before I graduated - help line advocate, legal advocate, support group co-facilitator, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month co-coordinator - and received the Extra Mile Award for my work. I continued to be involved with TAC when I went back to the U of MN for graduate school.
I don't often toot my own horn (even though I sometimes want to), but I'm going to share with you, dear readers, the awesome things I have done since that not so great time in my life five years ago.
- Volunteered and interned at The Aurora Center, and received the Extra Mile Award for my efforts
- Earned my Bachelor's degree (in 31/2 years!)
- Served as a Minnesota Reading Corps member, which was one of the most fun, exhausting, and rewarding things I've ever done
- Joined Minnesota NOW
- Volunteered at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, caring for baby squirrels
- Lived on my own for the very first time!
- Won the Sharon L. Doherty award for my volunteer work on behalf of women and women's rights
- Served on a neighborhood association committee
- Started a chapter of Hollaback! in the Twin Cities
- Took a Chinese class
- Earned my Master's degree
- Interned at the Institute for Women's Policy Research, an organization I mentioned in my personal statement as a place I'd like to work.
- Lived in Washington, DC
- Started a cooking blog
- Attended numerous trainings and conferences, and spoke at a few of them
- Read LOTS of books
Onward and upward,