Today we attended a luncheon hosted here at the ever beautiful eCenter. All of the interns dressed nicely, as most of the Nonprofit’s Board was present today. As I ate a delicious wrap from a local restaurant and conversed with the interesting people present, I was reminded what an incredible opportunity the eCenter is for each of us interns who are involved here over the summer.

At different times in my life I have depended on the kindness of strangers. I’m talking about the countless people who let me borrow their phone to make a call, who pointed me in the right direction when I was lost, who gave me somewhere to sleep when I was apart from my family, who included me on trips, who shared invaluable advice, who gave me a ride to the airport, and who did so many other things. All of this kindness has shaped my perspective on the world and made me incredibly thankful. I am now a firm believer in paying kindness forward.

When the people I work alongside here at the eCenter are generous with me, or share their invaluable advice, I need to remember to pay it forward. If every time someone did something nice for someone else, the recipient of that kindness did the same favor for someone else, the world would become a much better place. Each intern has been given many responsibilities; rather than refer to them as responsibilities, they should be called opportunities. We have countless opportunities to prove ourselves and make a difference in the world with the work we complete. It’s incredibly important that in the future, we also try to help provide others opportunities to gain the experience they may need to make a difference in the world.