Meet Laura Weber, a senior at Purdue University studying Human Service and Psychology.
What are your current career plans?
I plan to eventually go to graduate school for Social Work. My dream job would be working in a treatment facility for addictions or mental health.
What was your first experience with JMF?
My dad and sister are part of the run2gether program and I met Vivian Maley when I watched them participate in the 2016 5K Run, Walk, Roll. Vivian told me about the HOPE program. I was thrilled to hear about this program because I strongly believe in the importance of educating kids on mental illness so the topic will become less stigmatized in the media and in schools.
I soon interviewed with Vivian and Jen Money-Brady (HOPE Director) to learn more about HOPE and a summer internship opportunity. I am blessed to have met them and be given the experience to work for a nonprofit like JMF. I have been able to gain experience in the mental health field that I hope to go into in the future.
What has been your favorite JMF experience to date?
The 5K this summer! I loved being able to be a part of this amazing event. It made me super happy to see everything come together perfectly and be able to raise funds and awareness for such an important cause and organization.
I have also enjoyed being a part of the HOPE program at Camp Boneroo at Boner Community Center. It is fun to teach and it is always exciting when you realize that the kids are fully understanding the concepts and topics you are sharing with them.
What is challenging about being an intern?
The most challenging part of being an intern for me personally would just be the structure of a full-time internship. Coming from college, I wasn’t used to having an “all-day” schedule but luckily JMF has flexibility for interns to structure their own work-times and even allows us to work from home! This has been helpful with still being able to manage a busy summer schedule but also have the opportunity for work experience.
What do you do for fun?
I love spending time with my family and friends! I also love to travel and I spent the month of May teaching in an elementary school in Tanzania, Africa!
Post written by: Laura Weber
Purdue University, Class of 2018