Year 1 scholar Braxton Nelson completed his summer 2018 internship at Caldwell Heritage Museum in Lenoir, NC. Below is an interview with Braxton regarding his internship experience.
What do you enjoy most about your internship? “I love being able to go into work every day and learn more about my community, and work to preserve our history, heritage, and culture. I also really enjoy being able to have a hands on experience in my field of study, and explore career options on the field.”
What aspect or element of the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program has been particularly helpful during your internship? “I think discovering my personality type and my own strengths and weaknesses at the January conference helped me greatly in knowing the areas that I need to work on while interning. When facing challenges, they’ve given me the ability to better understand how I can best face the issue.”
What do you think is the connection between skills involving leadership and responsibility and the history of Caldwell County? “I think that if a person develops skills involving leadership and are able to become an effective leader in their community, specifically here in Lenoir and Caldwell County, you would gain the ability to mobilize a support network for institutions dedicated to the preservation of Caldwell County History more effectively. This network could be pivotal in preserving the history of our community and make it possible for more work to be done in the process.”
“I tell him all the time that he’s not allowed to go back to school. He has to stay and work here. We love him so much.” – Cindy Day, internship site supervisor