Unexpected Surprises

Don’t you love when an opportunity just suddenly appears? Something you’ve always been interested in, yet, you’ve never been able to figure out how to become involved? Yeah, that’s a great feeling. And it’s happening to me right now.

You see, I have always wanted to work behind the scenes on a blog site—editing, marketing, posting articles—and I have never really felt confident enough to seek such an opening to do so. I always had the same thought in my mind, one that surely haunts students everywhere: You need a job to get experience, but you need experience to get a job.

Why would anyone ever trust me as a blog administrator if I don’t even have an ounce of experience??

Enter my new opportunity: The first week of my Heston internship, Kim of CPS mentioned in passing that she would need some help managing Surge, Gettysburg College’s Social Justice Blog. I knew very little about the blog, other than it posted some pretty impressive insights into issues that we face on a regular basis, and I showed interest in being a part of it.

All of a sudden, I’m on the Surge website as a writer and editor and I’m attending weekly brainstorming meetings. I’m a part of this! I’m making inputs that can potentially reach all of the Gettysburg College community and beyond (we hope). Each week, Surge posts thought-provoking and controversial entries written by students—our friends, acquaintances, strangers, and possibly newest inspirations and role models. And people read these posts! Each post manages to reach a hundred, a few hundred, even THOUSANDS of people. The thought of this gives me chills because, if I am moved to think outside of the box with every post that I read, other people must be as well.

I guess this post might not necessarily be about what I’ve done this week, but I really wanted to highlight a part of my Heston experience that has been completely unexpected and will most likely be one of the most rewarding aspects of my summer. GIV Day and Casa de la Cultura are both teaching me so many things about myself and about the Gettysburg/Adams County community and I will forever be grateful for that; however, Surge opens up a doorway for me to be a part of a movement to inform others about various systemic problems that could be occurring on the campus level, national level, or worldwide. Dialogue is the most effective way to spread ideas and expose acts of injustice, and Surge is doing a phenomenal job of passing along crucial information.

So my advice for everyone this week: Watch out for the unexpected opportunities. And when one reveals itself, take it and run with it. The majority of the time, these opportunities evolve into incredible learning experiences. That’s what I seem to be discovering.

More to come next week….if I can manage to survive the craziness of Gettysburg through the battle’s 150th anniversary. Wish me luck!

Emily Hauck ’14