Treveon Washington, a senior at South Oak Cliff High School, is one of several high school seniors participating in Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program. To learn more about the program, click here.
by Treveon Washington, Mayor’s Intern
Starting my first two weeks in the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program, I thought I would start in an office. But instead, I started off in a camp. This isn’t just any camp: it’s Future Focus!
What is Future Focus? Well, it’s a career-readiness camp that helps young scholars plan for their future after high school and college. During these two weeks, I learned how to never give up, to keep going, to always have faith, and how to work in the big business world.
I met students who attended other schools, grew up in different parts of the state and some of whom weren’t born in the U.S. I also had the opportunity to meet CEOs, CFOs, presidents, and vice presidents of six companies. Among the businesses and organizations I toured were Dallas City Hall, JPMorgan Chase, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, TD Industries, GEICO, and AT&T.
During my tour of Dallas City Hall, I had the chance to meet defense attorneys who work hard to win each case on behalf of the City of Dallas. At Methodist Hospital Dallas, I learned that the health care system has a lot to offer. I had the chance to meet one of the health care system’s surgeons, a pharmacist, a radiologist, and several other health care professionals. Visiting GEICO was amazing. My time at the company’s Dallas corporate office gave me a better understanding about insurance policies and insurance fraud.
The thing that stands out most to me about the leaders I met from each of these organizations is the way that they all encouraged us to be great, to not give up in life, and to always go the extra mile. It’s great to realize that there are people in this world who genuinely care about my success.
Future Focus was an amazing experience for campers. In addition to the company visits, my favorite part of Future Focus was the college fair, which gave me a chance to expand my college choices and get more information about those colleges.
The opportunity to meet new, successful people at a variety of companies was a great experience; I would gladly experience Future Focus again just to relive those moments. Future Focus didn’t just give me something to do for two weeks, it gave me something that I will cherish for life.
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