Mai showed up on her first day of work ready to tackle anything we were willing to throw her way. Her knowledge of Microsoft Office was commendable and her typing ability far exceeded my expectations. She greeted each day with a smile and every morning she welcomed each team member by greeting us by our first name. She made a point to say hello to each and every person that was in the office before she sat down at her desk. Imagine, saying hello to each of your co-workers every morning and doing so with a smile on your face! Mai took on marketing tasks, organizing tasks, created spreadsheets and helped design materials for our events. She always asked for more and if she wasn’t challenged asked to be and if she was finished with the project at hand asked for more.
The more I got to know Mai on a professional level the more intrigued I became to get to know her. Mai is one of 12 kids who came to Minnesota from Laos just 8 years ago. She has a 4.1 GPA and wants to become a Nurse or practice within the field of criminal justice. She has a passion for food; especially sushi and appreciates absolutely everything that is given to her.
The lessons Mai taught me this summer are invaluable. I have a new appreciation for young people. I learned more about the Hmong culture and have a new perspective on my upbringing and the opportunity I have to help others like Mai gain business experience.
It was an honor to work with Mai and I hope other organizations will support Right Track next year and for years to come. The experience is truly priceless. We can’t wait for our Right Track intern in the summer of 2016!