The Impact

Tori Nied ’19, Gettysburg – Before I first started the Heston Fellowship, I did not realize how many public service programs were available in the Gettysburg community. As the summer progressed, I discovered how much each of these programs actually benefit their participants. Here are two stories that I would like to share from this…

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Emma Haskell, Gettysburg — Whether you are a camp counselor, scooping ice cream, working in retail or behind a desk at a large corporation, summer jobs can vary widely. If you told me I was going to be working in a garden for a majority of my summer, I probably would have laughed in disbelief….

Lexus Davis ’20, Gettysburg — After 9/11, I remember a lot of the news talking about women who are veiled and men who are angry and killing for their god. The bank my mom-mom went to was near a neighborhood that was across from a mosque and the people were predominantly middle eastern or black…

Safe Spaces

Gisselle Flores ’20, Gettysburg — Opening ourselves up and letting others see some of our biggest mistakes, regrets, and secrets is an understandably difficult task to do. To reveal everything about ourselves is to leave ourselves vulnerable and exposed to possible judgement and criticism. After working on multiple sites in Gettysburg these past few weeks,…

“Gettysburg Greater”

Emma Haskell, Gettysburg — Often, through no fault of their own, Gettysburg students are unknowingly trapped inside what has become known as the “Gettysburg Bubble.” Due to being such a close-knit community offering myriad opportunities and activities, why would anyone want to leave? However, this bubble has sheltered me from the greater community of the…

Kind Hearts

Tiffany Hill, Gettysburg — If nothing else the CPS Summer Fellowship shows me every day how there are still good people in this world who care and want to make a difference. Sometimes I feel we are so caught up in all the bad things that are going on and the things we wish we…

“Who Are You?”

Tori Nied, Gettysburg —- One question I was constantly asked throughout the past few weeks was: “Who are you?” This was especially true when it came to working with the first and second grade students in the Migrant Education Summer School program. It is incredible how much kids can remember if you promised them ice…

A Smile is Universal

Gisselle Flores ’20, Gettysburg — Growing up, translating for my parents and helping them navigate the English language was something I became quickly accustomed to. On the occasion that I did not know how to translate certain words or phrases from Spanish to English, I would feel flustered and frustrated not knowing how to help…

Hot, Hardworking & Humbling

Tiffany Hill ’19, Gettysburg — This whole experience thus far has been so eye-opening and heartwarming I can’t begin to explain. My first week working with the community as a Gettysburg fellow this summer can be summed up in three words. Hot, hardworking and humbling—let me explain how. During the first few days of Orientation…

The Tower of Babylon

Lexus Davis ’20, Gettysburg — I sat in a restaurant with my friends. We spoke of different places we wanted to go and one place that was commonly brought up was Leon Nicaragua. Suddenly there was light tap on my shoulder. Looking behind me, I was greeted with three faces. Like dried grapes in the…

A Step In Their Shoes

Emma Haskell ’19, Gettysburg — As people shuffled slowly but surely to find their seats anxiously waiting for class to begin, I attempted to greet my new students with a humbling confidence to shield my inner nerves. The more students that wandered in only augmented my stress as I waited to begin my first lesson….

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Life Outside of the College

Tori Nied ’19, Gettysburg — Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has been a home to me during the Fall and Spring semesters of school. For the past two years, it was a place where I would stress over exams, hang out with friends, eat a lot of food, and everything else that came along with the college experience….