During the course of this summer as a Democracy Summer intern, I have learned a lot about the inner workings of organizing work and the skills that come with it. Organizing, from a grassroots perspective, is feet to the ground, hands on work that gave me a fulfilled feeling, like I did something important. Because I did; we all did! The Democracy North Carolina team, as well as the Democracy Summer interns, worked so hard, and I’m proud to say that we have all worked hard to make a difference in our state’s government.
What surprised me most about my Democracy Summer experience was exactly how hands on the experience would be. I did not expect to do one on one interviews with elected officials, even though it makes sense why that was asked of us, and I actually didn’t think the Roots & Remedies and Mass Moral March long weekend would be as strenuous as it was. That was just a little taste of how trying organizing work can be, in a sense where we didn’t get much sleep and didn’t get that much food. I now know what to expect in my future organizing endeavors and I’m super thankful for that.
My proudest moments were when we finished the Mass Moral March. I felt like we all did a great job that weekend and deserved the break we got the next day. All of those people showed up, and we all stood together with a common goal. It was great to be there and be surrounded by all that unity. We also sold a lot of t-shirts, got a plethora of petition signatures, and even got a good amount of voter registrations, too!
After this experience, I hope to retain this knowledge and utilize it to help out at my university, UNC Charlotte, as well as for my future employment endeavors. I am confident that the skills I have learned during this summer will strongly benefit me for the rest of my life. Thanks for being awesome, Democracy North Carolina Team!