Emily: Beginning a journey

Emily Laursen
February 9, 2011

As my time in college began to come to an end, I felt anxious and nervous about what I wanted to do with my life. To explore my options I went to the fall career fair to see what possible doors could be open for my future. That’s where I learned of the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach.

Emily Laursen, Advocacy & Outreach Intern

Emily Laursen is an intern in the Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach. She is in her last semester at The Catholic University.

I was fortunate enough to be able to join the staff as a spring intern. After only my first few days interning, my eyes were opened to the work that Columbans all over the world do in the name of peace and justice.

I realize how fortunate I am to be able to leave my house without fearing for my life, to have a safe place to call home and to have freedom.

These are gifts, not guarantees, that so many people take for granted each and every day. Through my time at CCAO I hope to work with the Columbans all over the world to make small steps in restoring these gifts that so many people are without.

This semester I will be working on and researching the issue of peace and conflict resolution with a focus on Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand. Although I have only begun to research the problems I am looking forward to taking a stance, giving a voice, and hopefully making a difference for the issues that I am working on.

Through our faith we are aware of our duty to help our brothers and sisters. Thus, I am eager to embark on journey as an intern at CCAO and learn about JPIC issues and what I can do to help make a difference.