I received a great email from Anna Jones, one of our summer interns in 2010. Anna is a Durham native and rising senior at Brown University. I was so thrilled to hear about the group that she’s starting at Brown and she gave me permission to share her email with you! We started our summer internship in 2010 and had 3 more summer fellows this summer. Please think about applying to intern with us in 2012.
I hope you are doing well. I have been meaning to email you for a long time. I can’t believe it has been a year since my time working with you all. After returning to school I realized how much I learned last summer. I constantly found myself talking about my experience-so thank you for making that possible. Also, my friend and I started a group called Eat, Play, Love with the idea of providing a “safe space” to talk about body image/food issues. Last year was kind of a trial run; we had potlucks with discussions and decided that we wanted the emphasis to be on the positive side of food and exercise. After not having an on-campus nutritionist for the fall semester, we got a terrific nutritionist in February who has been very supportive. We will see where this goes next year. Again my time at UNC last summer was what made this possible! When I came back to campus and started to talking to people about these topics I realized that almost everyone I spoke with had dealt with some sort of issue or had had an experience with a friend or family member. Students seemed interested in having a forum to discuss these ideas.
Anyways I just wanted to say hi and thank you once again for the wonderful experience last summer!