Well, I suppose I haven’t changed that much in the last 9 weeks, given that I still spent way too long staring at the prompt for this last blog entry, willing it to write itself. I’m still anxious and hesitant every time I write. I still overthink and edit to infinity, and I’m not sure that will ever stop.
There’s a lot of other things that haven’t changed, either. I mostly met my own expectations, though I still feel like there’s so much more I could have done with my site, given more time. But I also learned so much about how cities operate, and resources that are available than I ever expected. I’d like to think I’ve gotten better at interacting with people. And I’ve come to understand that, just because a community is about mutual support and mutual respect doesn’t mean that support has to be transactional.
I’ve learned so much and had so much fun this summer. Thank you to my mentor, the other DCERP fellows, and everyone else who made this program possible.