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Social Impact Fellow Reflection: Dhrumi Shah (Ubuntu)

Social Impact Fellow, Dhrumi Shah

Dhrumi Shah

As an International Affairs and Business Administration Double Major, I am always looking for opportunities to experience different careers related to my majors.  Being a Social Impact Fellow and interning with Ubuntu Community Catalyst helped me do that by allowing me to expose myself to a very unique and valuable experience. Although marketing is not my concentration, I have always been a big proponent of trying out different things because you can always gain new skills and insights. And, I did exactly that interning with Ubuntu. The work they do is incredible for the South Fulton community, and I am so glad I was able to be a part of it.

During my time, I got to interact with amazing people and be a part of amazing projects. One of the biggest projects I completed was creating an e-book called the “Book of Hope”. This project began with me collecting quotes on their Instagram; I created numerous posts asking people to submit uplifting quotes and messages in the comment section. I later compiled those quotes and created the e-book. It was such a fun project, and I am so glad that I was able to add something meaningful to their organization. I cannot wait to see it on their new website! I also got to handle all their social media and create fun graphics to increase engagement. Additionally, they were so kind and inclusive. Every week we would have meetings, and they would always make sure to ask for my opinions, suggestions, what I was working on, etc. It’s so easy to get intimated working with people with more experience, and they made sure I never felt that way. They were supportive and empathetic, and they represented the mission of Ubuntu well. In fact, I remember one day I had a test right after one of our weekly meetings, and I was extremely anxious about it. But, they took time out of that meeting to do breathing exercises with me to calm me down. They believed that I would do well on that test, and they made me believe that too. P.S. it worked!

Although this internship was mainly virtual, I was able to attend their big event for this semester, LiveWell Day. It was something I never experienced before, and I am so glad I was able to be a part of it. They held a community healing circle where we meditated, did art therapy, and truly learned about the community. They are planning on holding more events like this, and I hope to be able to go to them in the future.

Overall, I am so glad I was able to be a part of the Social Impact Fellowship because they gave me the opportunity to work with such a great nonprofit. The work they do is important and impactful, and I am glad I got the opportunity to take part in it.

The Institute for Leadership and Social Impact is an interdisciplinary institute that promotes servant leadership and social innovation that contribute to a more just, caring, and equitable world. Learn more about our Social Impact Fellows program.

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