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Laura DeKok

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services

Company/Organization: ACCESS - Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support
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Destination: Ames
Timeframe: Spring

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I was responsible for...
My primary responsibility is to answer incoming crisis line phone calls. While I am working at the shelter, I am responsible for providing support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. My final responsibility is to maintain optimal living conditions of the emergency housing shelters.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment from this experience was when the clients who were staying in shelter began to open up to me about their past experiences. It might not sound like a lot, but it takes a lot of courage to feel comfortable enough to share traumatic experiences with someone else.

I learned...
The greatest lesson that I learned from this experience is that everyone is fighting a battle of some sort. While it might not be visually observable, someone may still be carrying a heavy load. For instance, some of the past experiences that my clients had were truly awful. They did not broadcast these experiences, but the trauma still existed. Another lesson that I learned was that great things come to those who work hard. With this being an internship, some may not take it very seriously; however, those who do will be rewarded.

Advice for others...
My advice for future students is that they should choose an internship that allows them to be out of their comfort zone. While it might be scary to do so, it allows you to expand your experiences. Along with this, you might be surprised and end up finding something that you enjoy.

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