Hello PRC blog!
My name is S., but at school they call me Cat. I am a second-year student, studying at Western Michigan University. Though I spend most of my time in the snowy tundra that is Michigan, I hail from Wheaton, which is how I came to work at the People’s Resource Center this past summer.
Growing up, the PRC was always a big part of my community. Everyone knew about it. My family supported PRC. However, it wasn’t until this summer that I truly gained an understanding of how much good the organization actually does.
Signing on as a summer intern, I was not entirely sure what to expect from the position. I knew that I would be working on this blog, but I never could have imagined what it would be like to interact daily with the staff that devote their time and their lives to improving the lives of others.
Over the course of the summer, I interviewed amazing people, and recorded their stories for this blog. I wished everyone in the community would read every post, so they could feel even half of the amazement that I felt. I tried my hand at tutoring in Open Class, and created bonds with people who inspired me every day. I even got to dabble in assistant teaching for an art class with young children. Watching the children come back again and again with so much desire to be creative was inspiring. And then I helped with more mundane things like data tracking and analysis. Weirdly, I even enjoyed THAT!
When all of these things added up, I realized I had never been happier to be so busy.
I didn’t know work could be like this.
I’m not sure I will ever be able to explain how thankful I am to everyone at the PRC–staff and students alike. The knowledge I gained was immeasurable, and the kindness I experienced was refreshing and heartwarming.
PRC gave me tools that I carry with me now, and always will. It helped me find my passion, and my aim. I want to help people.
PRC changed me, and I feel incredibly grateful.