Intern Ashley Hernandez reflects upon her experience this summer at The Cabin.
When I heard about a place where student go and explore the wonders of Boise, ID, I knew that is where I wanted to be in the Summer of 2017. A friend of mine once spoke to me about The Cabin. With the help of TRIO Upward Bound I applied and got the internship. My name is Ashley Hernandez and I will be a Senior at Caldwell High School in the fall. My passion for writing began my sophomore year when I took a Liberal Arts Class and after I graduate I hope to attend the College of Idaho and be a part of the Peak program with a major in either English or Creative Writing.
The Cabin is one of the prettiest views I’ve seen in a small building. Bright green trees are surrounded and beautiful flowers bloom in the radiant sun, giving me chills of happiness. The moment I stepped into the building I felt like it was a place I could be myself and that I was finally was with people I could relate to.
The days working at front desk were just as exciting as the days I got to be a part of the workshops. At the Front desk I got to see behind the scenes of The Cabin and how hard everyone works to create an amazing environment for the campers and the parents of the campers. I also got to work with spreadsheets and nervously answer phone calls which helped me learn to break out of my shy shell a little more.
During camps I got to see how happy kids became being able to write. It was also interesting hearing what everyone wrote because I was so amazed with the creative poems, stories, and etc. that were written. The teachers were a huge part of it and they always made me feel welcomed and helped me in ways to become a better writer myself. I also loved sitting with kids and hearing about their stories and getting to know them. After I finish my internship I hope to come attend one of the camps for older kids or even be a TA. It’s been an opportunity that I will always cherish and never forget.