It’s officially the end of summer 19’ and my junior year of high school is waiting around the corner for me. This Summer I have faced off with several different challenges as I have been learning what it means to truly be an adult, I must say it is very stressful. I have been juggling two morning colleges at Richland Dallas Community College District, my extraordinary internship at SouthFair Community Development Corporation, my job at Whataburger and also an acceleration class for my high school career. This has been a wild journey, but it was extremely humbling and nourishing to the hunger in me that strives to become somebody in this world.
I have always looked at every new job and opportunity that I receive as golden slot to gain more knowledge in different fields in the industry, to dip my toes in and see what I like and dislike. I become fascinated by the little details of these God given chances that I did not even know about, and also I appreciate and gain more respect for the people who turn it into a lifestyle to provide for themselves and their families.
SouthFair CDC has opened my eyes to the non-profit community development and real estate world this summer. This has accommodated my interest in helping the community of my city, Dallas. This being my first experience as a student in the real estate world and working in the office, I was not the best in the beginning nor the end, but I can say I improved in handling responsibilities, interacting with new people in an unfamiliar place, and my work ethic. I would not have been able to survive this internship (or summer heat) if weren’t for Ms. MaryAnn’s laughter brightening up the hallways, Ms. Annie’s patience and guidance, Ms. Lois’ motivational words, Taylor’s knowledge and Mr. Dale’s kind heart. I’ve come along way with new printing technology, putting together file boxes and finding the correct tab paper for certain files. I have enjoyed my responsibility of creating the apartments newsletters, making calls to the companies connections, having the opportunity to meet and make new relationships with the tenants in the neighborhood and even the barbershop next door, and of course attending meetings and events.
I deeply appreciate SouthFair CDC, the Mayor’s Internship and the community of South Dallas for this wonderful opportunity to enhance new skills that benefit my city in a different approach and getting a feel of being a business woman. The memories and challenges I faced here will go along with me on my journey of life, personal and professional.