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Over the last 6 weeks, I've been extremely lucky to work with Mia Kirkendoll. As her intern supervisor, I've been proud to watch Mia come into her own as a mature and professional young lady. Mia is part of the Stanford Libraries internship program for local First Generation college students.

She has taken on responsibilities at the Meyer Tech Desk that have included operating the large-format poster printing service, running the equipment check out service, aiding with our inventory and purchasing initiative, and even learning basic troubleshooting skills when servicing a Cash to Card Machine! Mia also says that her time at the Tech Desk has improved her interpersonal skills, since she interacts with all kinds of patrons and issues at any given time. Mia and I have also been reading through Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In, which has been truly insightful for the both of us. It's been awesome to not only hear her interpretation of Sandberg's teachings, but how she can incorporate those lessons into her own life as she starts at Emory in the fall.

The internship experience has been one that has not only given me an intern, but it has given me an opportunity to see Stanford brand-new again with a fresh set of eyes and perspective. And for that, I'm quite grateful that Mia and I were able to go through this together. Though she leaves us at the end of summer, I know that there will be many big things waiting for her at Emory and I'm excited to hear all about them!

By Tiffany S. Tsui

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