Ryan Harrington

Mt. Evans Intern

New or Returning Intern: Returning
Hometown: Evergreen

 

What was your most memorable experience as an intern in your first semester?
The most memorable experience I had probably came during my first week as an intern. I distinctly remember my first core group of kids and I remember one day one of the kids had to leave for the day and I wasn’t sure if he was going to come back or not. The next day I saw him back at my table and I was extremely excited I asked him about his returning and he looked at me and went, “Of course I came back! Outdoor lab is a once in a lifetime opportunity!” Those words have resonated with me since the beginning of my first semester. I have always thought about how right that kid was. Even though 6th graders can come back as high school leaders, they can never experience it again as a 6th grader once their week is over. It truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What has been your biggest take-away from this experience so far?
My biggest takeaway so far has probably been all the little victories. We are shown up here that even the smallest of victories can have the biggest impact. I have so many examples of small victories by my favorite few include having a kid come up to me and exclaim to me how much they love the class I’m teaching, or when you have a kid who says how much they don’t like hiking but the second they get on the trail, the biggest smile spreads across their face. My favorite little victory is at the beginning of the week when kids don’t know how to tie their hiking boots but at the end of the week, they become experts at tying their hiking boots.

What have your learned about yourself?
I have learned so much about myself with this internship. When I was still in high school, there were a lot of items limiting me from living up to my potential. However, with this internship, I have learned that I can do anything I put my mind to and that there is very little that can hold me back. Sure it may be messy at first, but that’s life. I have also learned the trivial stuff, such as how to become a better leader, how to speak in front of large audiences, and how to be a role model for my peers. This internship has been the best choice I have made to help myself grow and find my place in the world.

What goals do you have for your 2nd semester interning?
My goal for my second semester is to help lead the way for new interns while also learning growing more as a person and learning more about myself along the way. I would also like to enjoy my time up here and savor it more. With the end of last semester, I had the reassurance that I would be able to return as an Intern. However, I know that I don’t have that reassurance anymore and once this semester is over, my time as an intern will be over as well. These weeks fly by and all 34 are gone in the blink of an eye. Seventeen of those are already gone and I would like to savor the remaining weeks that I have left..

Do you have plans for after your Internship? If so, what are they?
After my internship, I plan on attending either Arizona State University or Metro Denver for Aviation Management. I hope to find a career as a professional pilot and fly for major airlines. It’s a very demanding time for pilots and many airlines are searching so my hopes are sky high!

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