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Taylor McCombs

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services


Minor/option/emphasis: Dance

Company/Organization: Amanda the Panda
Company/Organization website: http://www.amandathepanda.org
Destination: Iowa
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Interns at Amanda the Panda work closely with the program coordinator for volunteers as well as the program coordinator for grief and loss. A day as an intern is never the same and can include many things such as, helping with office upkeep, making calls, setting up for programming, researching, or being a part of programming. Interns are fully submerged in the work at ATP.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment from my experience would probably be getting to do almost all of the planning for our volunteer appreciation event. Aside from the food plan the other interns and I planned, gathered, and set up for the event.

I learned...
My greatest lesson is getting to learn and work with grieving children, adults, and families. Amanda the Panda has so many wonderful resources and I have enjoyed getting to learn new skills of how to work with and address this population.

Advice for others...
What I would tell future students is to keep an open mind and do not be afraid to ask for help. You probably are going to go in not truly knowing what or how to do anything but keep your mind open for opportunity and do not be afraid to ask if you need to because you will learn so much more.

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