I completed my internship with Jumpstart at the University of Washington. I have for a long time enjoyed working with children. In high school I started out by volunteering at my elementary school, teaching swimming to young children, and occasionally tutoring and babysitting. Transitioning from high school to UW, I mostly stopped doing all of these, and about halfway into my first year at UW, got a job as a receptionist at a clinic near campus. Although I got to see and interact a little bit with the kids that came in to visit the doctors at the clinic, I missed being able to work directly with children. In my third year at UW, after just starting CEP, I joined Jumpstart as a Corps Member. Jumpstart is an organization that places volunteers in preschool classrooms in low-income neighborhood, to implement a curriculum that "helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late" (jstart.org). This was exactly what I wanted, to be able to work with children and help make a difference in their lives. During my second year, I took on greater responsibilities as a Team Leader and thought it would be most appropriate to count it as my internship for CEP, as it reflects an aspect of my interests that are not not prevalent in my studies, but important nonetheless.
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