I can’t help but feel bittersweet as my last week as CSA’s 2021 Communications/Archives intern comes to an end. It’s been a lot of work, but I’m ending this summer feeling so much closer to the CSA both as an organization and as a community. It’s hard to appreciate just how much the CSA does for its members until you’re there to see what happens behind the scenes. Hundreds of people volunteer their time and their resources to make this place as special as it is, and I’m honored to have met and grown close to them over the past seven weeks. I’m especially thankful for Beth Congbalay, Jane Cooper, the Communications committee, and everyone else who has worked with me to make this more than just a job; I’ve had so much fun, and it’s all thanks to you.

Even as this opportunity ends, there are new beginnings - I’m heading to my first year of college two days after I get home, and now that my last day has ended, it’s finally sinking in that a new phase of my life is beginning. I’m nervous, but I’m also beyond thrilled to be attending Appalachian State, and I hope my communications classes there will help me prepare for next year - especially if I get the opportunity to intern here again!! Until then, so long, CSA; thank you for the experience, the wonderful weather, and the memories.