For the third summer in the row, I have worked at the Fresh Air Fund as a Friendly Towner. The Fresh Air Fund is a not for profit that provides free summer camp and vacation opportunities for children of low income families in New York City. As a Friendly Towner, I work in the office with 10 other college aged students and we help supervise the vacations of over 4000 children in NYC. Each Friendly Towner overseas a geographic region and ensures that the children arrive to their destination safely and that we have host families who are excited to have children come to visit them.
Each year my job is filled with fun, crazy stories and memories that I will share with my co-workers. It is a nice break from homework and classes---and the extra money doesn't hurt either. Although I am excited to get back to school, I am really enjoying working with the Fresh Air Fund and I will most definitely miss all of the friends I have made here. It is interesting, because each person has a very different summer experience. Especially as a Civil Engineering student, I am expected to be working in my field. However, working with the Fresh Air Fund has been very fulfilling and it is nice to work in something entirely different than what I am doing all the time during the school year.
In less than a month, I will be saying BYE to home and NYC and HELLO to CMU and Pittsburgh once again. As exciting as it is, it is also very scary to know this will be my last summer vacation of college. I don't know if the feeling has really sunk in.