Intern Spotlight: Deronisha

It’s been such a pleasure to work with Deronisha this summer! I only knew Deronisha from her application to BridgeYear but I knew she would bring the commitment and dedication it would take to impact student lives. In her application, she wrote passionately about serving the community she lives in and about giving legitimacy and support to the often overlooked transition to community college. Her input during our team meetings are equally on point and I’m excited to share her reflections here:

Q: What inspired you to be a BridgeYear intern?

A: For many years there has been a stigma surrounding community colleges. It is unfair to the students that their transition to community college is often overlooked and they are not provided the same outside help and resources as students that are attending four-year colleges. Unfortunately, it is this mindset and behavior (that attending community colleges is easier) that ultimately has a negative impact on the students and their future plans. I wanted to help change that stigma.

Q: Tell us about an “aha” moment – a time when you were most excited about the work you are doing this summer.

A: My “aha” moment was during my one on one meetings with the students and I realized how helpful our one-pagers would be for the different tasks required. Instructions were often vague on community colleges’ websites, therefore, provided step by step instructions were a great deal of help.

Q: What has been the most challenging aspect of your work at BridgeYear?

A: The most challenging aspect of my work at BridgeYear was being Team Leader for Team Curriculum while simultaneously reaching out to my advisees.

Q: If you had to give your BridgeYear experience a hashtag, what would that be and why?
A: #guineapig

Q: Other than BridgeYear, what else have you been up to this summer?
I am also interning with VirtuoGroup Corporation which works directly with the Info-Tech Department at the City of Houston.

In many ways, Deronisha is right! She – and the other interns – were #guineapigs this summer. Like any start up, we’ve had our ups and our downs, our times of insecurity and unknown, trials and errors. Let’s just say Deronisha (all of the interns, really) have been gracious #guineapigs – always willing to provide us feedback on when things are going well and when things need to change. I don’t think we could have found a more forgiving and reflective team to help us shape the vision for our pilot summer!


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