Tiearra – St. Mary’s University

Public Policy Associate

This experience has been a remarkable one, one that has undoubtedly altered my vision of not only myself, but the world at large. As I reflect on these past few months, I realize that it is not the destination or the outcome that matters but rather that it is the journey that counts. This journey has taken me where I never imagined possible, back to myself. Prior to my internship with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/ SPAN USA, I felt lost academically and emotionally. Somehow, I had lost my way and could not perceive of a way to get back on the right track. When I departed for DC I did not fathom that I would make lifelong friends, learn from remarkable individuals, like John and Trevor or fall in love with an organization such as AFSP.  I have been fortunate to learn that everything I ever needed I already possessed; family, friends, loving mentors, self-preservation and faith to name a few. I’m proud to profess that this experience has only made me wealthier in those areas. This semester has proven to be one of the hardest and personally, challenging tests I have experienced but the lessons I have learned have turned out to be priceless and will surely long lasting.