The water ran around my legs with a pull as I navigated around rocks and fallen trees in the creek at Camp WaBak. As a mass communications student joining the Mountains to Midlands’ marketing team for a summer internship, I had pictured myself sitting behind a computer writing ads and articles. But there I was wading through a creek in the woods with the M2M staff. With a sense of proud accomplishment, I rounded the last bend and saw the rushing waterfall. At that moment I knew my Girl Scout experience was going to exceed my expectations.
I didn’t grow up a Girl Scout, so my internship has been a true immersion experience in how to work like a Girl Scout. Above all I’ve learned that being a G.I.R.L. Scout means being a Go-getter, Innovator, Risk taker, and Leader.
Like the Daisy who bravely knocks on her neighbor’s door to make that cookie sale, the M2M leadership team and staff are true Go-getters. Making the world a better place is an all-hands-on-deck affair, and it didn’t take me long to notice that the women I worked alongside were always ready to take action. In my own work, I found that I was inspired and challenged to jump in and tackle new projects with enthusiasm.
I also learned that to make sustainable change you have to be an Innovator. Working in the nonprofit sector presents unique challenges, but my internship has taught me how to face them like a Girl Scout. As my unexpected creek adventure at Camp WaBak taught me, Girl Scouts aren’t satisfied with walking next to the water, they want to be right in the middle of it. They face obstacles head-on and work hard to find creative solutions.
Girl Scouts know that without being a Risk taker you can’t grow or achieve. During my internship there were plenty of projects that tested my skills and stretched my comfort level. But just as the Girl Scout who tackles the high ropes course or speaks out against bullying finds, for every risk I was willing to take I grew in confidence in my abilities.
Finally, whether it’s in big ways or small, I learned that Girl Scouts know how to be a Leader. My internship coincided with the Centennial of the Gold Award, and through my writing projects I learned about the outstanding ways Gold Award winners have taken the lead for 100 years. I was inspired by their girl-genius for seeing those areas of need that are often overlooked and for taking the lead to improve them.
G.I.R.L. Scouts know that becoming a girl of courage, confidence, and character requires hard work, creativity, risk-taking, and stepping up as a leader. As I prepare to graduate from USC Upstate in December, I’ll take the lessons I’ve learned from my internship with me, and tackle life Like a Girl Scout.
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