To future Interns,
Samuel Smiles wisely stated, “self help is the root of all individual growth.” I know this sentiment is at the heart of what the people at AADAP endeavor to accomplish in their daily work.
I am Gerson Salazar, a senior attending California State University Dominguez Hills. I will
graduate in the Spring of 2007 with Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services. The area of concentration I will conduct my future work in is individual and community intervention. The Human Services degree is comprised of a combination of sociology and psychology courses designed to prepare students for careers, which help or enhance the personal well-being of other individuals.
Sometimes opportunities come from the most unlikely places like while conducting research
about the Cambodian community for my anthropology of culture and personality course. I approached the AADAP booth and interviewed a counselor. She was so helpful, open, and embracing, I decided I wanted to pursue an internship at her agency. Later when I contacted the agency, I was again met with the same kind of enthusiasm and openness, and given the opportunity to grow professionally.
Working at AADAP has given me more than I could aptly express. I have learned that there are sincere, professional, outstanding counselors invested in the recovery process of others. I have also learned of their tireless effort to help clients achieve their full potential and that anything is possible when you work towards your dream.
Keum Yeun Shim is a Career Services Office Aide volunteer at Employment Access Unit. Her duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing administrative and clerical support to employment staff and clients. Specifically, Keum is assisting employment staff in monitoring client activities in the Resource Center.
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