On Friday this week, I will be leaving to study abroad in Argentina. Summer Navs will continue for one more week after my departure, but for me, my internship is coming to an end. I’d like to take this time to thank the Dickinson College Career Center. They were able to provide grant money for me so that I could afford to do this internship, instead of having a typical summer job. My summer has most certainly been a richer experience and I have learned a lot about something I want to invest my future in. Thank you, Dickinson College, for making that possible.
Last Wednesday, NavYouth took a day trip to Ocean City, Maryland. It could not have been a more perfect day. We had wonderful sunny weather with a nice breeze and the ocean water was the perfect temperature for swimming. We had five leaders and six students. We had fun swimming, boogie boarding, building sand castles, and exploring the boardwalk.
At our Thursday Nigh Nav Night, I had the opportunity to give a 30 minute talk on any topic related to the book of Proverbs. I chose to speak on what is worth more than the riches and achievements of this world: God and his will working out in our lives. I encouraged the kids to not put their worth in their grades, their clothes, their athletic achievements, or anything else but rather to put their worth in their identity as God’s child. I emphasized that the point is not to abandon working hard in school or quit doing extracurricular activities, but rather to do them with the right attitude. I was very nervous while preparing what I was going to say because I had never done something like this before. It went very well and I found that I actually enjoyed it!
On Friday we had our weekly brunch. French toast was on the menu this week! Since we finished out Star Wars series, we played some telephone pictionary. Laughing together is a great way to build friendships!
Even though I am still working with Navs this week, this will be my last blog post. My responsibilities this week are much less – only two more events to attend! We are having a pool party on Wednesday evening and then Navs Night on Thursday. I will be saying goodbye then because on Friday I fly to Argentina to start the fall semester. I will miss these students immensely, especially the chance to see them grow up during the school year. I can’t wait to hear news about how Navs is going in the fall!