I cannot even believe that the time is here for me to write this final post.
Where to begin...
I stumbled upon this PR internship through an email from the J School...I had always wanted to get involved at Hillel, but hadn't figured out where I fit yet. After two years, I can honestly say that taking this internship was the best decision I made in my college career.
Being the PR intern let me dive right in. I got to know the staff, the students and pretty much know what was going on at all times. It's hard walking into a new building, a new organization and just feel at home. At Hillel, I felt at home. Even though everyone comes from different backgrounds, we all have a common bond that I think brings that "at home" feeling to life.
If I can leave you with one piece of advice it would be to get involved. I know just showing up and introducing yourself can be scary and intimidating, but just do it. I made some of my best friends here and it's all because I showed up and just said, "Hi, my name is Jordan. Can I sit here?"
Hillel helped me take risks, think outside the box, think inside the box, and sometimes just sit back and not think at all.
I don't know that any other organization allows you to take leadership roles, take follower roles, study, learn, have fun, meet friends and become a part of a family that will stay in your life forever. I know that no matter where I go or where I end up, UF Hillel and Hillel in general will be a part of my life. I will support Hillel with monthly donations, my kids will be a part of UF Hillel (in the very distant future lol) and I will encourage anyone to give back to this amazing place.
Looking back through some of my old blog posts I realized how much I have grown through being here. I was originally only going to intern for two semesters, but being the overachiever and Hillel lover that I am, I stayed for a full two years. I feel like I am blessed that I came on board when our lovely program directors, Jeff, Jess and Josh came on board, and I was able to work with them my entire time being here. I was able to be a part of my favorite weekly event, Torah on Tap, and got to go on Birthright with some of the best staff around. I even got to travel to Nicaragua on Alternative Spring Break. Everyone has their own Hillel experience, but I like to think that mine was one of the best :)
I really don't know how I can properly thank UF Hillel for all they have done for me and my time here at UF. All I can leave you with is, be kind to one another, remember you belong and remember that no matter where you go in life you always have a home with your Jewish family.
I'm not really sure where the rest of this life will take me, but I do know that the skills I learned here will help me go farther and do more good for this world. I can't wait to see where we all end up :)
Thank you Hillel for an amazing two years and for teaching me that it does matter the order I tie my shoes, that you can NEVER have too much pizza, and friends and family are two of the most important things in this life.