SNAPSHOTS of Mower Refreshed: From an Interns Lens

It’s time to say goodbye…

Time flies when you’re having a good time. It’s time for me to say goodbye to Mower Refreshed. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to intern with such a great organization and to be under the supervision of Sandy Anderson! Thank you for showing me such strength and perseverance in becoming independent and competent in community engagement. I also want to thank everyone who has helped me gain the confidence and skills to do more good wherever I go next.

During my time at Mower Refreshed I was able to apply my knowledge and abilities in community health to different projects, further hone and develop community engagement skills, as well as spark interest in many different fields of health. I had the opportunity to connect with individuals from different organizations and have learned so much from them during this short time.

This summer I learned that building relationships is foundational to authentic community engagement. If you don’t have a trusting relationship, community partners won’t be as apt to engage. During my time at Mower Refreshed I’ve seen an increase in collaboration between community organizations, as well as sharing of resources and information. This is a direct result of taking the time to build relationships.

Another lesson I learned is from Dee Edington, he states that to be able to shift individual behavior, you have to change the environment and culture that you live in. I feel like I have been able to shift culture and environment during my time at Mower Refreshed through community meetings, projects, and building relationships with people from the community.

I have also learned that not everything is black and white, you have to be flexible and go with the flow. Not everything will go your way and that’s okay. If you get too caught up in program planning, you have to take a step back and find your purpose. Lastly, people in this community are willing to help and support you, but you have to go out of your comfort zone and connect with them.

Nature CenterI am truly sad about leaving my Mower family, but am equally excited to start the next chapter in my life. THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of this amazing journey with me! 🙂

With gratitude,