Maggie Gross is interning at Touch A Life headquarters in Dallas this summer and we would love to introduce her! We asked Maggie a few questions about the internship and other plans – hopefully she inspires you.
How did you first get involved with Touch A Life?
During my sophomore year of high school at New Tech High @ Coppell, New Tech selected Touch A Life Foundation as our school-wide service project. After reading Jantsen’s Gift and listening to Pam Cope speak, I knew Touch A Life was something I wanted to get involved in. I helped with New Tech’s efforts that year as we raised money to purchase laptop computers for the kids. I helped continue New Tech’s partnership with Touch A Life through our Hope for Africa Club during my junior and senior year. We hosted an art auction and various fundraisers throughout the year to sponsor a child, Comfort.
Why did you decide to intern at the Touch A Life office in Dallas?
I loved working with Touch A Life during high school and wanted to continue that work during college. Summer seemed like the perfect opportunity to come back and continue helping such a wonderful foundation!
What is the best advice you have for high school students who want to make a difference?
Find something you are passionate about and find a way to get involved. As a high school student it’s easy to feel like you won’t be able to make a difference, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Even the smallest acts can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Don’t be afraid to try!
Can you share what your plans are in the fall?
In the fall, I will be starting my sophomore year at Texas Christian University as a nursing major.
What is on your reading list this summer?
This summer I’m reading A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall. There may also be some re-reading of Harry Potter by the pool!
Are you interested in volunteering or participating in an internship at Touch A Life? We offer internships in the US as well as internationally. For more information you can read our volunteer page or contact us directly.