“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…”Colossians 3:23
Hey! I’m Ansley Baugh and I’ll be a senior at FRA next year. This summer, I have been awarded the opportunity to participate in a paid internship program through my school, called the Turner Fellowship Program. For my internship this summer, I was placed to work at a nonprofit organization called Best Buddies, where I’m specifically working at the Best Buddies of Tennessee office in Brentwood. When I found out I would be working with Best Buddies this summer, I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratefulness and joy, since I have been heavily involved in Best Buddies, and other organizations that benefit kids and adults with down syndrome, throughout my life but specifically in high school. To me, working at the Best Buddies office did not only seem challenging since my work through my internship would greatly differ from the other turner fellows’ work at their positions, but also seemed extremely exciting since I have a passion for leadership. Although I will be heavily involved with Best Buddies this summer, my hard work and dedication will surely pay off due to the connections I’m making with others and the valuable lessons I’ve already begun to learn. This summer, I’ll be passionately planning Buddy Pairing Parties, attending and preparing for Leadership Conference in July, and other events throughout the next couple of months. Along with my internship, I’ve decided to weekly mention the Bible verse, Colossians 3:23, in each blog post that states, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.” I highly value this verse because I always approach tasks with all my heart and I am excited to continue to passionately make a difference in my community through Best Buddies.
(These pictures are of my desk at the Best Buddies Office, and a picture of a buddy pairing that occurred at the office this week.)