With a piece in BCDF, dancing in the Summer Intensive, & most importantly being an intern, you can say I have a devoted my summer to Urbanity Dance, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
For the past year, I knew I wanted to be an intern at one place: Urbanity. Knowing what Urbanity was all about through my experience in the Summer Intensive, I knew it was going to be a great experience. However, I have to admit I had no clue it would be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life thus far.
This internship was the deciding factor whether I stayed in beautiful Newport, RI with my best friends for the summer, or decide to take a leap of faith. I can say 100% it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Wait, maybe I should first introduce myself. Hi, I have been the face behind the writing on these blog posts for the last few months. However, it is time to show my face & share my wise words of advice (If you want to believe they are wise, since I am only 21 year olds)
Urbanity exists to inspire, engage, and empower individuals and communities through the art of dance and movement. This statement isn’t just some slogan Urbanity puts up for marketing purposes, but a slogan that they live by on a day to day basis. I connect on the individual level. On the other hand, I have witnessed Jerusha Aman & fellow intern Erin McNulty truly inspire, engage, and empower communities within Boston. I believe that is truly a gift like no other.
Inspire. This word means so much to me. I believe inspiration is what keeps me going not only as an artist, but a young woman. I am now inspired more than ever going into my senior year of college, that this is what I am supposed to do. I am inspired to continue on this path, whether you hear “You can’t make a career in the arts” or “You’ll make no money.” Well, as an individual I am now inspired with the drive to make my goals happen no matter what that exact goal my be. I leave reassured that I must continue my passion for the arts.
Engage. I wasn’t treated like an intern at Urbanity. Yes, there was the occasionally “intern duties” all interns may endure, but I was given the freedom on projects that would help me for my future. You might say this is a lot of pressure, and it may be. But, people intern for what? To get a glimpse and experience in the real world. The Urbanity Staff engaged us interns to do whatever we could. Do it well and as best as you can.
Empower. Young people need to be empowered. It is those individuals like the members of the Urbanity intern team, that should be thanked for the successful young people in whatever industry it may be. They empower young individuals like myself to reach for the best that you can be. Yes, sounds cheesy, but it is SO true. No matter how cheesy, take my word on that one.
As I sign out on this blog, I will never forget the people that made my life changing summer what it is. My fellow interns, who I have no doubt will be lifelong friendships. The Urbanity Admin team, who inspire & push young individuals like myself . And, Betsi Graves because without founding Urbanity this would have never been possible.