What was the moment in your life when you realized you wanted to explore public service?
The moment I realized I wanted to explore public service was while studying public health abroad in Thailand. We were able to work with community members very closely and hear them voice their biggest health concerns. Since then, I realized how creating positive change for communities begins with public service and having an understanding of the systemic structure of healthcare.
What are your main responsibilities at your position? What are you looking forward to most in your position?
My main responsibilities at the Forest Service vary. I am located in the Sacramento office, also known as the regional forester’s representative team where we act primarily as liaisons for the regional forester who is stationed in Vallejo. I have developed a SharePoint internal site for the team where they can exchange documents, presentations and other media within their team. The SharePoint is also accessible to anyone within the Forest Service. I also spent several weeks collecting handouts produced by the Forest Service to be shown at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii this September.
Since the beginning of my internship I was looking forward to pushing my limits and learning what I am capable of doing. I had never developed a website prior to this internship but I learned that it was something I could do well and with ease. I am very proud of my product and I would like to think the SharePoint site is something that will help the team here long after my internship ends!
Did you find anything surprising about your internship or doing public service work?
I was surprised with how many meetings there are! Mondays are jam packed with meetings but I have learned that collaboration across multiple partners requires a lot of meetings to ensure progress is being made.
How does this internship help you with your professional goals? What do you want to get out of it?
This internship has exposed me to all if not more of the professional goals I sought after since before I even started my internship. Some of the smaller skills have included writing professional e-mails, sharing information, scheduling meetings, and note taking. And probably the most important professional skill I have learned is how to effectively communicate with co-workers to ensure productivity, respect, and understanding.
What is something that most people would not know about you?
I was a gymnast for 11 years, and it has always been a huge part of my life. It taught me discipline, focus, and awareness of my body and health.
When you get off work, what do you do? What are your weekend activities?
I usually head straight to the gym because sitting in an office can be very hard on my body. I usually will hang out at a coffee shop down the street from my house and spend time with my roommate. It isn’t too long after dinner that I am ready to crawl into bed though!
Hello there! My name is Rosa Keller and I study Nutrition Health Sciences and Biocultural Anthropology at Oregon State University. I am also a group fitness instructor at the campus gym where I teach Body Pump and cycling. I am passionate about food, and I enjoy nothing more than to cook with friends and family. I believe this ties closely with my Taiwanese background, where food is central to the home and holds a high degree of sentiment. This next year I plan to move to Taiwan and study Mandarin so that I may build a closer relationship and sense of understanding with my mother’s family through language. In my free time you can find me at a concert, near the ocean, or eating anything spicy.
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Posted by Felicia Wong
Felicia Wong is currently a senior at the College of William and Mary, double majoring in Neuroscience and Asian American Studies, and minoring in Biochemistry. She is president of the Filipino American Student Association, and current non-academic projects include creating films calling for diversity curriculums/requirements and establishing an official APIA Studies program. Felicia was also elected president of Global Medical Brigades to lead a sustainable healthcare program in rural communities in Nicaragua. She hopes to connect her interests in healthcare with the community she has found in her cultural background. Having lived in Germany for most of her childhood, Felicia makes yearly trips back to visit her family, providing opportunities for her to indulge in her greatest joys: touring castles, eating at cafés, taking fashion cues from strangers, cooking with her family. Non-country specific pleasures include: biking, watching live music performances, screaming because Game of Thrones.