My name is Shradha Shakya, a junior from Alhambra high school. I have known about the Earth team Internships for a few years now. When I was a sophomore, we had Vita and Jenna come in and present Earth Team internships to our class. They had me hooked because of all the amazing opportunities they had to offer. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join because of my schooling. I was still able to learn about what Earth Team does and what the Interns do because my cousin and my friends were a part of Earth Team. Before I wanted to be on Earth Team because of the name. It sounds selfish and childish but honestly I wanted to be in it for my resume and college applications. Now that I see the problems around me and actually get to make a change, the name isn’t that significant to me.
My favorite experience with my team has been Leaf 2017. First of all, I had never been camping before so this was honestly one of the most memorable things I will ever do because I love the outdoors. Packing for Leaf, the excitement and thrill was amazing. I have great friends on Earth team and most of them were going on this trip. The morning of the trip we had to meet up outside a bart station. Me and my mom picked up three of my friends and drove to the bart station. That ride itself was a blast. Then we took the bus to the camp site. We arrived at the location and instantly I had started making friends. Everyone was so nice and having people so close to my age really helped avoid the awkwardness.
All the activities from the tent setup to the food prep was so fun because they were all team activities. I had never put up a tent before and the experience of just putting one up was great because I was with tent-mates, who had no idea what they were doing either, but we managed to put up the tent really nicely which was awesome. Later that night, after all the fun activities and beach games, we got to have a campfire. Again this was a first, I had never been in a campfire before or even made smores. This is usually surprising to most people but I didn’t grow up camping because it’s just me and my mom.
Our team’s project this year is to clean up Rumrill Road in Richmond and make it into a new environment. We have been working onsite and with the city to help make Rumrill cleaner and a better place. Currently we are planning to present the community our ideas to get them on board and help us out. I grew up in Richmond and coincidentally on the corner of Rumrill Road. I lived in that area for 4 years and then later moved to Martinez. So to be a part of a project that takes me back to my old community and helps me give back to them means so much to me. Knowing that I am who I am because my experiences there and the people there makes me so thankful to have an opportunity to give back to them.
There has been a lot that I have learned from being a part of this team. Being on this team makes me realize that anyone can make a difference in their society and that there are so many ways to help. All someone needs to do is look into something a little bit more to find out how to help. I want to be able to help people in the future. No matter if it’s public health, social services or business. Through my experience at Earth Team, I hope to contribute my knowledge to any possible field.
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