MEDA Blog - Stories from the Field

Steph is from Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Her childhood was filled with adventures of "spying" on customers who were next door at her family's hardware store. From early on she got to see, understand, and be involved in how her parents ran their "unique country store." This interest would lead to a college degree in business and an internship at Douglassville Ace Hardware. Steph also has a love of people and different cultures, which is a part of her interest in MEDA. Not only does she enjoy learning about and from other people, but she love the outdoors, early morning runs, coffee, water sports, and spending quality time with friends.

Top 15 Things You Observe Moving to the Big City

1) Your life is run by rush hour and traffic

2) Use Crosswalks

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The Void

“The Void”- That’s the term my sister uses to describe the time of life that I am in. ”The Void” is this tricky time right after you graduate college and suddenly your future is completely open. It is an exciting time and a scarey time. It is also a time of questions, question like:What do I really want to do with my life? Where do I want to live? Do I move to be near friends or a job? Now wait, what are my life values? How do these values shape how I live and work? What am I really passionate about? How do I even go about finding a job? How do I afford to pay off my debt and still manage to eat? How do I find a place to live and people to live with? What should I be pursuing? How do I figure this all out? How do I weigh the decisions between my dreams of adventure and what reality presents me with?My journey hasn’t been easy. Its been invigorating at times and quite dark at times. It feels like I am in the middle of the ocean struggling just to stay above water. But, even if I manged to get above the waves, I would still be lost in the open ocean.All that to say, this MEDA internship is a lifeboat in the open ocean of life. It is a chance to explore and define my interests and passions. It is an opportunity to learn from my co-workers and the projects they are involved. It is a chance to work for something greater than myself. And that, in and of itself, is truely life giving. Thank you MEDA.

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