As One Door Closes, Another Opens

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with, and join the dance” - Alan Watts

Change has been a major theme in my life as of late. My family moved from New Jersey to Virginia this past summer and I attended my first year at Virginia Tech as a communication major. I knew I wanted to get involved with the local community and ideally work with wildlife; I wanted to find my niche here.

This past year has been a whirlwind of drastic change in my life but, as I have found, with change comes opportunity. Luckily for me, I found the Wildlife Center of Virginia, which sounded like the perfect fit for me. I was incredibly thankful when I was offered the education outreach externship at the Wildlife Center. It never occurred to me that I could be involved in an organization such as this so early on in my college career, and I could not be more thrilled.

I imagine this externship is going to be a tremendous learning experience for me. The vast online following the Wildlife Center has accumulated is as astonishing as it is overwhelming. I cannot wait to be able to meet people who share a similar interest for the care of wildlife. To be able to connect the patients with their supporters through the internet is a whole new level of interaction that is vital to this organization.

As the education outreach extern, I will be a part of the team that keeps everyone updated on the daily happenings here at the Wildlife Center, and I personally cannot wait to share patient stories with you all.

Honestly, I am not sure what to expect in the upcoming weeks and I can already tell I am going to be kept on my toes! Each day looks as if it is going to be a new experience, and I want to embrace every moment of it. Having the opportunity to interact with the community and share my love for wildlife is more than I could have asked for. Hopefully, I will be seeing some of you soon!

Best wishes,

Jacqueline Nelson -- education outreach extern, summer 2014

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