Monday, June 28, 2010

AAPD Pizza Party

Of all of the AAPD events so far, the one I have enjoyed the most was the pizza party. It was laid back, not super fancy. For someone who was hungry, it was a quick way to eat. You could grab the pizza, not waiting for someone to take your order. You didn’t have to dress up for the event, people were casual. But it wasn’t only about the food, it was in an informal setting and was a relaxed event.

One of the things that I enjoyed the most was to hear people speaking about their jobs post-graduation. I really liked hearing from former AAPD interns about the jobs they had secured after graduating from college. I also liked the fact that their presentations were short and to the point. I enjoyed the fact the people who were talking to us were young and had been in our shoes not too long ago so I could relate to their experiences.

Of the two women who spoke regarding their post-graduation plans, the one that interested me the most was the women who applied to AmeriCorps and then got a job with a disability-focused nonprofit organization. I realized how valuable this information is because I know that some people who get jobs in particular areas are very competitive and don’t want to share any advice with others as to how they got them.

It has been a great experience this summer meeting my mentor and other professionals with disabilities. Sometimes there are not enough positive role-models. I think a great possible addition to the AAPD intern page would be a “Where are they now?” section letting us know what former AAPD interns are doing, so we could have a broader picture than just the ones we have the opportunity to meet in Washington, D.C. this summer.

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