I still wake up some days and wonder how can it all be real. The BN has given me so many opportunities and encouraged me to pursue even more. Two summers ago I interned in Mullins, South Carolina through the BN and made real connections in the rural Carolinas. I will never forget the community support we felt while raising money for the county animal shelter and building a 70 foot roof for the outdoor pens. Last summer I researched solar fuels at a Duke Electrical Engineering Lab, and this past semester I studied abroad at Georgia Tech’s Campus in Metz, France. I absolutely loved traveling to so many different places. In learning about other cultures, I gained a much better perspective of my own. I cannot wait for my international summer of service next summer to continue to learn and grow with the help of the BN.