“Community” is a word that has come to mean a great deal to me since I have been in college. It holds connotations of the small New Mexico town I left behind, the family-like friendships I have formed at Baylor (my home university) and the type of publication I am coming to appreciate more every day.
I am an intern at The Georgetowner newspaper. Despite its location in the (rather large) capitol of the free world, Georgetown is a true community. I must say, I have been pleasantly surprised at the home-like atmosphere there. Though the stores are mostly out of my price range and the variety of characters I meet on the street everyday would never be found in my hometown, this week has opened my eyes to a new form of “home.” A new form of community.
Another community I get to engage in this summer is the actual program, SIWJ at George Washington University. Especially since we live in a residence hall, this past week has been like moving to college as a freshman all over again. Though I was two weeks late to the program, the other students immediately brought me into their circle and made me feel so welcome. Already it feels like we have known each other much longer than a week. I have definitely found community here, a very different community than I have at Baylor, but one I am looking forward to developing as the summer unfolds.