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Summerbridge Pittsburgh: Exactly Where I Needed to Be

Ashlei (far left) with her fellow Summerbridge Pittsburgh teachers.
 Ashlei (far left) and her fellow Summerbridge Pittsburgh teachers.


This energizer changed my life this summer. Two summers ago, getting up at 5AM, picking up my carpool by 6AM, and being at work by 6:30AM would have been a joke.

This past summer, though, I had an internship with Summerbridge Pittsburgh, and this lovely morning agenda became my reality. I lived with two other Summerbridge teachers who had the same goal as me: make sure that our students were changed for the better. I was very nervous about living with people who I only talked to once. I had to remember that college is about risks and that sometimes to get what you want you have to take those risks (even if they were only just a dream at one point in time). My roommates wound up being my biggest motivators and helped me be the best teacher I could be.

This summer, two of my good friends passed away within three days of each other. These girls meant a lot to me and, at some point in time, gave me encouraging words that helped me get to where I am now. Their deaths happened in the middle of my internship and both funerals took place during the week. I decided not to tell any of my fellow teachers about this low point in my life. My co-workers, however, were very loving and made me feel comfortable and gave me the energy I needed to get through the day. Sarah Bachner, the executive director of Summerbridge, was the biggest supporter of them all. When I think of a boss, I think of someone who is just going to boss you around and forget your name all the time. She may have bossed me around sometimes, but she was more than that. She was everyone's biggest supporter and gave all of her employees the encouragement they needed to successfully do their jobs. Who makes getting in trouble sound good? Sarah Bachner.

The love I felt this summer was constant and when I was with my Pittsburgh friends, even though I was six hours from Philadelphia and my college, I felt like I was home. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and this internship was a sign that I am exactly where I need to be in life.

Blog friends, are you where you want to be in life? I encourage all of you to step outside of your comfort zone and do something you love! It will make sense eventually. It always does.

This post was written by Ashlei Miller, a 2012 Summerbridge Pittsburgh teacher and admission bloggger for her college Gwynedd-Mercy College.

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