Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The end and the beginning...

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.

B'Ahavah,
Jordan