I hope everyone’s having a good first few weeks back at school! Here are some updates on the OMA Interns’ summers and some of the things we’re looking forward to this year!
This summer, I lived with a small group of middle school-age girls at a camp in Wisconsin. I spent my days teaching creative writing, art, and canoeing and I even led some hiking trips. The summer had its challenges, though: I had never been to camp and adjusting to camp culture and almost completely disconnecting myself from the world around me certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone. Watching these girls get to know each other, gain confidence, meet people from backgrounds different from theirs, and understand themselves in a new way could not have been more inspiring. This year I hope to zoom in a little more on LGBTQ programming and support on this campus. I hope to continue and expand the SafeZone training (queer sensitivity training for customs folk) and help strengthen queer affinity groups on campus. I’m a CP this year for Tritton 2nd East (the gender neutral hall on campus), I can’t wait to get to know my first years better, be part of an important new development in residential life at Haverford, all while beating sophomore slump!
-Clara Abbott ’18
This summer was extremely dynamic and exciting for me. I read many books for a student seminar and was finally able to get my driver’s license. During most of July I took part in a symposium called “Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Reconciliation” in Bologna, Italy. There, I met wonderful people from all over the world and traveled to various Italian cities. Once I returned home, San Diego, I prepared for a small road-trip with two college friends. We camped in Yosemite and spent two nights in San Francisco. We definitely got to know each other on a new level. I am delighted with my summer experience, and thank CPGC and HCAH for making it possible. Coming into senior year, I am looking forward to engage in new experiences and conversations, and of course, to graduation!
-Maria Gpe. Bojorquez-Gomez ’16
This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at the Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Program (HITAP) in Thailand. The internship was extremely informative and I got to learn about different aspects of HTA (economic evaluation, budget impact, ethics, and the development of health benefit packages) from talented and inspiring health professionals. Through the internship, I was able to attend a consultation meeting in Vietnam and in my spare time, I explored different parts of Thailand. Needless to say, the experience left me mind-blown. Thank you CPGC and MMUF for making it all possible!! I also visited family in Nigeria which was long overdue. As I enter my final academic year at Haverford, I’m looking forward to being part of this energetic community and all that comes with it for one last year!
-Oluwatobi Alliyu ’16
This past summer I worked as an intern in the Concord Academy Institutional Advancement Office. Returning to my high school as an employee was a treat and I especially enjoyed experiencing campus without students. I worked mostly with the alumni database and looking through events they had organized in the past. My favorite part of the summer was getting to reconnect with old friends and living in Boston! This year I’m excited to work with my lovely fellow interns on some really cool programming as well as enjoying my last year!
-Miriam Perez-Putnam ’16
This summer was a busy but extraordinary experience. I began the summer with a 10 day trip to Guatemala where I assisted a professor with her new research on immigration from the Guatemalan highlands to the US. It was an amazing experience.We traveled along the highlands of Guatemala interviewing several families that had experienced the phenomenon of immigration. We also were in Guatemala during a time of great social upheaval. The vice president and other high ranking government officials resigned while we were there due to the pressure of protest movements in the capital. When I got back home to Maryland after that fascinating trip, I began working with a non-profit in Maryland called Identity which worked with Latino youth. I worked at the office and then worked at two different summer programs with middle schoolers. At the summer programs, I helped facilitate the curriculum focused on social emotional health, leadership and assisting the youth create and obtain their goals. I also ran the soccer portion of the recreation program, helping improve the youths soccer skills. I became great friends with my co-workers who were an amazing group of people and I loved working with the youth so much that I really would like to work with the organization again. I am looking forward this year to helping shape the OMAs new direction and hopefully studying abroad in Cuba!!!!
-Rafael Moreno ‘17