Adriana: Thank You CCAO!

Adriana Elgarresta
December 10, 2010

My name is Adriana Elgarresta, and I am a junior at The George Washington University. I began interning at the CCAO in September 2010, and I am sad to say I am now finishing my internship. My experience at the CCAO has been very rewarding on many different levels, specifically because I have grown in my faith and my social awareness.

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Through my internship at the CCAO, I have become an involved and active member of my Washington D.C. community by attending and participating in events such as rallies, protests, hearings, and working group meetings.

Stepping out into the city of Washington D.C. has not only made me realize how many dynamic events the city has to offer but also more than anything how important awareness is, especially when people work together to understand each others similarities and differences  to bring about political and social changes for society.

Interning at the CCAO has really allowed me to step out of my comfort zone (my university campus) and into the vibrant city. As an international relations major I am informed daily about international events but sometimes that awareness on the individual level is not enough to produce change.

I believe in order for there to be social change around the world, social awareness must be spread and shared with others, but this awareness should first begin on a local level. Here in the nation’s capital, we are fortunate to be surrounded by a diverse group of people, so at the CCAO when we inform locally we will hopefully influence and create changes internationally.

I am very thankful to the CCAO members for their guidance through my internship process and I am also very greatful for the religious and social awareness I have gained as a result of interning at the CCAO.