2011 Career Discovery Internship Program
My name is Shevika Bonita Mitchell. I am a young woman of excellence attending the prestigious Spelman College as a rising sophomore. My major is Psychology with a minor in International Studies. In my leisure time, I enjoy thinking of different ways that I can make a difference in my community. I dedicate much of my time to being part of a cause whose mission has everything to do with seeing the best in others and recognizing their potential. I enjoy seeing others overcome their obstacles and fighting for success in our society. At Spelman, I am a member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and I-Global. NCNW’s mission is to recognize women of color who are striving to make a difference in today’s world. I-Global is an organization geared toward the appreciation of different women around the world with different cultural backgrounds. I was born in a country located in South America called Guyana, but I have spent most of my life being raised in the United States, Virgin Islands. Being raised in the Virgin Islands allowed me to experience many things my peers never got the chance to. Due to the size of the island, there were minimal developments to entertain islanders. I had no choice but to look at nature as my entertainment. Whether that meant running around in our yard, swimming at the beach, going to the rain forest to swim or pick cultural fruits, or fishing, my entire encounter with nature is what made my childhood, which is the reason for the passion and my gratuity towards nature. I am not sure what the future has in store for me, but whatever it may be I know that I will concur success through the well being of others. As a Career Discovery Intern, in collaboration with USFWS and SCA, I hope to acquire and build upon my leadership skills. My desire is to meet new people and learn more about my world, community and myself, as this is a sign of growth and awareness. My goal is to grow from every experience I encounter in my life whether it may be good or bad. I know that I can achieve and accomplish anything I want because of my determination and perseverance.
Through my interaction with my community, I have learned a tremendous amount of information that affects my peers, community, and myself. I am proud to be apart of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife mission, which is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. During the course of my internship at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, I am able to recognize and acknowledge my potential and ability to “be the change I wish to see in my world” (Mahatma Ghandi).
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