07 March 2024

Reflecting on Six Months: A Journey as the Communications and Graphics Fellow

Written by: Rebecca Aviña

Hello, dear readers!

It's Rebecca here, and I'm thrilled to welcome you to my third blog post. It's hard to believe that it's already been six months since I embarked on this exciting journey as the Communications and Graphics Fellow. Time truly flies when you're having fun and making a difference!

Reflecting on my journey as the Communications and Graphics Fellow over the past six months, I'm struck by how quickly time has flown by. It feels like just yesterday that I embarked on this adventure, starting with my exploration of Channel Islands National Park. This breathtaking beach park set the stage for my initial steps into this exciting role.

As I ventured into Channel Islands National Park, it wasn't merely a leisurely escape; it served as a poignant reminder of the passage of time and the importance of seizing each moment. Walking along the sandy shores, soaking in the coastal beauty, I couldn't help but marvel at how swiftly the months were slipping through my fingers. It was a humbling experience, grounding me in the present while igniting a sense of urgency to make the most of every opportunity that came my way. This quick picture I took does not showcase the beautiful beach in all its glory. Hope you can imagine a little through this picture!

One of the standout moments of the past six months has been the creation of the wayfinding document for our esteemed partner. Crafting this project signage package was more than just a task; it was a labor of love aimed at streamlining processes and providing clarity amidst the complexity of our work. As a remote worker stationed in sunny California, far from my team in the Midwest, the project offered me the chance to showcase my graphic design skills while fostering a sense of connection and collaboration across geographical boundaries.

Amidst the flurry of NPS RTCA technical support applications flooding in, organizing and tracking incoming projects became my exhilarating responsibility. Each new submission represented a unique opportunity to positively impact communities across the Midwest, from bustling urban centers to tranquil rural landscapes. It was a privilege to play a role in facilitating these initiatives, knowing that each project had the potential to enrich lives and strengthen the fabric of our society.

Now, as I look ahead to the coming months, I'm filled with a sense of anticipation and excitement for the journey that lies ahead. While the road may be filled with challenges and uncertainties, I'm confident that with dedication, creativity, and a dash of perseverance, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way. Together, we'll continue to push the boundaries of what's possible, making meaningful contributions to the world around us one project at a time.

Each day, I'm reminded of the importance of staying grounded in gratitude and embracing the present moment. As I continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape of my role as the Communications and Graphics Fellow, I'm committed to approaching each day with an open heart, a curious mind, and a steadfast determination to make a difference.

Until next time!

Rebecca :)


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