Hendrika.JPGHendrika is a President’s Scholar and a junior, double majoring in CCPA and marketing with a minor in art history. She is interning with Save the Children UK, assisting the Child Rights Information Network:

I am now preparing to leave, realizing I am tying up the ends of one of the most memorable experiences in my life. To think over the past six weeks is to see the doubtful student I arrived as and the experienced intern I am leaving as.

Working with CRIN has allowed me to evaluate who I am as a student, as an American and as a future professional. Not only have I had the opportunity to implement the skills I learn in daily CCPA classes … researching target audiences, working on news releases, wading through newspapers articles and searching news sources on the internet, but I have also discovered what passion is.

In order to work in the NGO/nonprofit world and be successful, one must have passion. Not a mere interest or wavering enthusiasm, but something that goes much deeper. Those that work daily under-staffed, under-funded, under-resourced and underpaid are fueled by a burning passion to make a difference in the world. The one and only incentive that can supercede the long list of challenges and obstacles.

As young adults graduating from a prestigious university, we tend to focus on the size of our paychecks and the title of our future jobs. Should we think instead of the actual difference that we (a minority) can make in the world as educated and enlightened individuals? Such a task may not be presented with a glorious salary, but does that make our work any less important? I think not, but perhaps even more noble.

I am not suggesting that one should reject or turn down those high-ranking jobs but perhaps evaluate other ways one can make a difference. If we were to approach every day with the same enthusiasm and passion that fills the air of nonprofits, what would stand between us and changing the world as we know it?

Just something to think about.