It’s a bittersweet feeling when an opportunity like this concludes (excluding the few people who will be continuing with their organization). When starting out at a fellowship or internship you begin full of possibilities and it seems like you have all the time in the world. A couple weeks into the program, you overcome that learning curve finally feel like you know the organization and become one of the team. The weeks continue and you start to forget that you ever worked anywhere else! You enjoy the people and enjoy the work, but start to forget that it will soon come to an end. Finally, it’s a week or two before the end of the program and it finally begins to hits you. Where did the time go? You make sure that all your projects are wrapped up, but also lament for all those project or ideas you didn’t have time to pursue. There never seems to be enough time to do everything, especially in the nonprofit world.
We’re now in the final week of The Columbus Foundation Summer Fellowship Program. I’ve spent the last week wrapping up my final research report and am now starting to work on the final presentation. I’m excited to go back in the world and apply some of the knowledge that I’ve gained this summer, but It’ll be sad not to go into the office or get to see the fellows during our learning sessions. This has been an amazing learning experience and I excited to see what comes next for the fellows and the organizations that hosted them!