Ellie Blackwell

Mount Evans Intern

New or Returning Intern: New
Hometown: Littleton, CO


Why did you want to be an Intern?
I decided to become an intern after seeing how Outdoor Lab could change people’s lives in just a matter of a few days. After my second time of being a high school leader, I remember how much my life had been impacted as a sixth grader at OELS and I decided I wanted to be part of that impact on sixth graders. Outdoor Lab is such a great place that only has happy feels and that is what all people need. 

What do you most look forward to during your internship? What is your favorite part about being an intern?
During my internship, I am most looking forward to meeting all sorts of people. I love that Outdoor Lab allows everyone to experience a new aspect of life and learning, especially because the classroom setting is not for everyone. It is so incredible and empowering to see students who have a harder time at school come up to Outdoor Lab and blossom into a whole other person, just because they are put int a different and unique learning environment. I absolutely love that OELS brings out the best in everyone and that it can change lives! On top of everything else, being able to learn, connect, and grow in nature makes for an amazing life that I love waking up to every morning! 

What skills do you hope to gain or have gained from this experience?
From this experience, I hope to not necessarily gain, but grow my leadership skills and gain more skills for connecting with all different kinds of personalities! I have always had a leader type of personality, but being an intern, I hope this skill/personality will grow so that I may use it in more situations for the rest of my life. 

If you attended Outdoor Lab as a 6th grade student, where did you go and what was your favorite experience?
As a 6th grader, I attended Mt. Evans OELS. It’s hard to pick a favorite experience since that week changed my life, but one memory that sticks out is when I was picked to attend the initiatives course. When I was a 6th grader, we had to be elected to go on initiatives and in order to be elected, we had to show that we were dedicated and really wanted to go. I worked so hard that week and being picked made me fill with joy. Initiatives really brought out the leader in me and overall, made me more confident. I would have to say that this experience at Outdoor Lab was a contributing factor to who I have become today.  

Did you serve as a High School Leader? If yes, where did you serve and what was your favorite experience?
I served as a High School Leader twice at Mount Evans. My favorite experience from both times was having the opportunity to meet and connect with people I would have never met before and on top of that, being able to watch the 6th graders grow throughout the week was truly wonderful. These experiences really opened my eyes to what I wanted to do with my future!

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