August 11, 2014
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By: Kathleen Marincic @KathMarincic
As all summers seem to go, this summer flew by. It feels like just weeks ago, my parents were down in Athens helping me pack up my old house to move it all into my new apartment and I had close to 4 months of freedom in front of me.
With the exception of it going too fast, this summer was by far one of the best! After being bedridden for almost a week straight after a slow and painful wisdom teeth removal process, I was on the go with family, friends, work and other summer fun activities.
Most of my time was dedicated to my internship with Cleveland’s iconic West Side Market through the Cleveland Foundation. There were 16 interns in the Cleveland Foundation’s program that were all placed at difference nonprofits throughout the City of Cleveland. We would get together once a week and visit a different organization to learn what our fellow interns were up to and to experience the world of Great Cleveland nonprofits.
I worked directly with the manager of the West Side Market and created content for their bi-monthly newsletter, updated their brand new website, oversaw their social media efforts and developed a social media packet for vendors to implement in their own social networks.
I got the chance to sell merchandise from one of the stands inside the Market and even climbed the metal-mesh staircase to the top of the 137-foot-tall clock tower (in wedges I might add).
Another highlight of my summer was a family vacation to the glorious beaches of Oak Island, North Carolina. 16 of my relatives plus a two-year-old and a 4-month-old baby shared a five bedroom house with the ocean as its back yard for a week straight. We even made t-shirts and tank tops with our family crest proudly displayed front and center (yes, we are THAT family)!
Besides spending the majority of our time on the beach, we traveled to Wilmington, North Carolina to visit some of the popular filming locations of One Tree Hill and rode a ferry over to Bald Head Island, where there are relatively few cars on the island as every resident drives a golf cart.
After a summer full of wonderful memories and new work experiences through my internship, I feel fully prepared to return to Athens and conquer my senior year of college.