Welcome back to the POP QUIZ! This is a regular, yet totally unexpected, feature where we ask students, parents, staff, our friends, and partners to answer a few questions about what they are learning, reading, and thinking about. Today we have compiled some answers from our newest batch of interns! Scattered throughout the schools are seven terrific college students. Three are from Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work and four are from WMU’s Interdisciplinary Health Services. Here they are, in no particular order (drum roll, please): Tim Sweeny, Gina Giordano, Erin Decker, Amanda Kassab, Amber Cummings, Loren Owens, and Samuel Campbell.
Alright, interns: pencils out, eyes on your own paper. Good luck.
What is something interesting you’ve recently learned?
Leadership is about influencing someone, you cannot lead someone without influencing them first.
It is important to cherish everyone that is special in your life—even if they do not cherish you.
I’ve recently learned what quilling is.
Employers must provide health insurance to employees who work at least 30 hours a week.
Policy is everywhere!
I learned in my Effective Parenting class about step families; that it’s better for kids if the parents are married rather than co-habitating.
Going to church on New Year’s Eve was a tradition started during slavery when slaves gathered to await word on the emancipation proclamation.
What are you currently reading?
My organic chemistry book
Where We Belong, Emily Griffin
The Hunger Games series
History from 1877 to present and health policy and law
Unenchanted and The Scarlett Letter
Way too many text books
The Autobiography of Steve Jobs
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Pediatric nurse or nurse practitioner
Nurse in trauma unit (ideally in inner city hospital)
Pediatric nurse when I grow up…wait, I’m already grown up.
School social worker/CASA social worker
Successful social worker
Leader in the social work field
What is your favorite word right now?
YOLO (You Only Live Once)
Honey Boo Boo
bunches of oats
Will you share with us something that has been on your mind lately?
How I am going to balance my time between full class load and this exciting internship.
How truly excited I am to begin this new journey, in my life with CIS.
What am I going to do after graduation? Will I still have the same friends? What will happen?
School and graduating. I’m nervous to graduate but excited at the same time. Finally, to be a grownup with a grown up job.
Making sure I meet my hours for my internship.
Excited to start my internship.
Why don’t some parents challenge their kids to be great?
Behind every successful student is a caring adult. Who has been your caring adult?
My mother. She was an ER nurse for twenty years and is the most intelligent person I know.
My sixth grade teacher made me look at school in the most uplifting, positive way. And she made me want to succeed in everything I did.
My best friend’s mom, Diane. She has been there for me through it all.
Sounds cliché, but it’s my parents—they have always been there for me and always believed in my hopes and dreams.
My grandpa and father have both been very supportive and caring. They pushed me to strive in no matter what I do. They are amazing individuals!
My mom, showing me that I can do anything I want.
My pastor from my church. Lindsey Bell is very influential and gave me the confidence to keep pushing through adversity.
Tags: Amanda Kassab, Amber Cummings, CIS, Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo, Erin Decker, Gina Giordano, Interdisciplinary Health Services, Intern, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Loren Owens, Samuel Campbell, Tim Sweeny, Western Michigan University School of Social Work, WMU