Meet the 2016 Lakeside Leadership Academy Programming/Education interns: Macy Winkelfoos and Julia Bereck.
How did you hear about Lakeside? I heard about Lakeside through my family friends, the Wendt Family. Mr. & Mrs. Wendt, as well as their three boys Sam, Ethan and Kelly, come to Lakeside every summer and are widely known for passing out bananas at the 4th of July parade in costumes! While in search for an internship for the summer they highly recommended Lakeside and all that it has to offer to the wholeness of a person. With all of the amazing things they had to say, I knew that this was a community that I wanted to be a part of.
What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? Although I am here for the learning experience, I am very excited to interact with people this summer. I have heard so many stories about this magical place and I am eager to be immersed into its loving community. I cannot wait to hear the stories, share the experiences and gain the friendships that this special place has to offer.
What do you hope to gain from this experience? I hope to gain the understanding and work experience that I need to be successful in the professional world. I am currently undecided on a career path, but I truly believe that my position as the Educational Programming intern is going to help direct my skills towards what I will need in the future, regardless of my career choice. Everyone knows that Lakeside is dedicated to the wholeness of a person; I aim to use that to my advantage and grow both personally and professionally.
Name one goal you hope to achieve this summer? One personal goal that I have for the summer is to have a better understanding for my future. I am the epitome of an undecided career path and I hope to learn a little about myself this summer so I have a clearer sense of what I want to do long term.
What are some of your hobbies and what do you enjoy doing in your free time? I grew up on a horse farm and my favorite thing to do is show my horse, Bambi, in barrel racing and pole bending. I am the oldest of six kids and I love spending time with them and my awesome parents, especially at the dinner table where crazy stories are shared. I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House monthly, and a founding member of Wittenberg’s Love Your Melon campus crew. In my free time I enjoy spending time with people. I love spontaneous adventures, relaxed movie nights and sitting around telling stories. I also love singing loudly and dancing around the room. I like to say it’s good for your health.
What is one of your proudest moments you have achieved thus far in life? One of my proudest moments occurred last summer as I was volunteering for the iCan Bike Camp in Columbus, OH. As a volunteer, my main duties included supporting, encouraging and ensuring safety to people with special needs as they learned to ride a bike without training wheels.
Last summer, my camper was an incredibly sweet and talented 10-year-old boy. He was so determined and never let the challenges that he faced define him. Every day he would start off happy, laughing and eager to learn, but within the first hour his body would get too tired to continue on. But he didn’t let that stop him, ever. He would ride through the pain and exhaustion, convincing himself that he could do it.
Within 3 days, my camper rode a bike without training wheels.
Overwhelmed with pride, tears came to my eyes. I watched his mother and younger brother jumping with joy as he shouted to the crowd, “Look guys! I can do it!” My camper had all odds against him, no one believed he would ever be able to ride a bike on his own, but he did. This was one of my proudest moments.
What is your dream job? My dream job is to provide happiness for those that need it the most. If there was a way that I could contribute happiness to this world every single day, I would feel successful. I believe in the little things in life: the smiles, the quick compliments and the random acts of kindness. Small things can make a huge difference. I dream that someday, I will find a career that gives me the opportunity to incorporate my skills and outgoing personality to do something positive for others.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. Once I was thrown off of a horse and thought I was paralyzed. It really scared my parents…good news, I only sprained my back and my body just went into shock!
How did you hear about Lakeside? I heard about this Lakeside internship because of a connection I have to my current supervisor, Jeanne Mauriocourt, through my career services advisor, Mrs. Deb Snyder at Grove City College.
What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? I am looking forward to an opportunity to teach children in the summertime and build relationships with the kids, Lakesiders, coworkers and other interns.
What do you hope to gain from this experience? I hope to grow in my skills as an educator and a professional.
Name one goal you hope to achieve this summer? I wish to serve people to the best of my ability through professionalism in my job and investing in others.
What are some of your hobbies and what do you enjoy doing in your free time? Some of my hobbies include running, traveling and in my free time I enjoy looking through Pinterest.
What is one of your proudest moments you have achieved thus far in life? Last summer I taught English as a Second Language in Hong Kong and experienced a fantastic service opportunity and learning experience.
What is your dream job? My dream job is to teach inner city middle school students in an area with a high population of English Language Learners.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself. I have had my appendix removed and I have a black belt in karate.