by Jessica Ryan
As an intern at Make-A-Wish, I have learned a lot about the organization, myself, and life. This internship was more than just gaining experience, or working in a professional environment, this experience has helped me to grow as an individual. I came into this position hoping to improve on communication skills, organization and adapting to new people and work. I knew I was going to have to make the drive from the State University of New York at Oswego three times a week to the office, but that never once phased me knowing I was helping an organization that does so much to ease the lives of others.
Growing up, I have seen Make-A-Wish advertisements, logos, t shirts, etc. I knew the basics of the foundation but I was unaware of how much goes into making these wishes possible. After getting to know the staff, and witnessing their genuine, caring, passionate hearts for Make-A-Wish, it truly shifted my entire experience as intern with this organization.
Losing my mother to cancer at the age of 16 has already changed my life indefinitely, but being a member of an organization that works to fulfill wishes for children with critical illnesses like cancer has only enriched my outlook on life. Reading and writing about wish experiences, and seeing photos of wish kids really puts life in perspective. The joy, the love, and the laughter wishes bring out in some of the hardest times of these kid’s and families lives is truly admirable.
Thank you Make-A-Wish Central New York for making a lasting mark on myself, and giving me the opportunity to be a part of something so much more than just an internship!