Letter From the BloggerTeam PoP July 27th, 2012
Margaret Derby, one of our Community Engagement interns, has been managing our blog this summer! She’s getting ready to head back home to Atlanta, but before she left she wanted to share her thoughts and experience interning at Pencils of Promise with you all! Read below to hear her story…
I’m not sure I had any idea what to expect when I became an intern for Pencils of Promise. Would I be making constant coffee runs, working until 9 at night, or fixing the copier every five minutes? Would the directors be like Miranda Priestly in the Devil Wears Prada, and I’d leave work crying everyday? Would I be doing any real work that was appreciated? Would people even want to hear my ideas?
Working at PoP is like living and breathing the manifesto every single second of the workday. Every minute you are surrounded by impossible ones – passionate people who inhale life, exhale fire, and aren’t afraid to dream big. You are given real jobs to do. Your ideas are wanted, heard, and appreciated. You become a part of the Pencils of Promise movement. You become a part of the team.
Myself and some of the other interns at the White Party!
I love to write, and I love to tell stories. When I found out that I had the opportunity to tell the stories of this organization I was ecstatic. I was able to take my talents and use them to advocate for this incredible cause that I am so passionate about, and that’s what Pencil of Promise’s community engagement is all about. My summer interning at PoP has easily been one of the best experiences of my life, and although I was only able to be in the office for a few months, the lessons that I learned, the people I’ve met, and the memories I’ve made will stay with me for much, much longer. The PoP movement is just that – a movement. It’s contagious, something that lives within you, a fire that never ceases, and I’m honored to be a part of it.
I’ve had so much fun writing this blog and telling these stories, and I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you!