One of the best decisions I made during my college career was joining the Lime Connect network, and later applying to become a Lime Connect Fellow. The Lime Connect Fellowship has offered me an incredible amount of opportunities that I would not have been able to receive anywhere else. The Fellowship application helped me to reflect on myself as a person, encouraged me to think about my future goals, but most importantly affirmed the positive feelings I had around being a member of the disability community. When I was fortunate enough to learn that I was chosen to attend the Lime Connect Fellowship Super Day Round after the Semifinals, I had the opportunity to have such meaningful conversations with representatives from Lime’s partner organizations. After concluding Super Days, I was so excited to learn that I was admitted to the Lime Connect Fellowship program, and was additionally offered an internship position with PepsiCo, where I had a wonderful summer serving as the company’s first Global Talent Acquisition Intern. As an intern, I was able to work directly with the Senior Vice President as well as the Director of Global Talent Acquisition. I was given a full seat at the table in team meetings and conferences, where my ideas were considered and later incorporated into projects. During this same summer, I was also accepted into Google’s BOLD Immersion program, where I was able to participate in a week-long business and technology conference at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. While I was originally nervous since this trip would mark my first time flying across the United States, I felt much more at ease knowing that two other Lime Connect Fellows would be attending the conference with me.
While the professional opportunities that I have received through the Lime Connect Fellowship program have been amazing, I know that the friendships I formed with other fellows will last a lifetime. Even though I am extraordinarily passionate about disability advocacy, I had always thought I would be alone in the job process because of my ability status. Attending the Lime Connect Symposium taught me that this could not be further from the truth. I have come to view the other fellows as a continuous support network. The bonds we shared from the first time we met on our boat cruise, to the last day of the Symposium, when we collectively embraced, and were sad to see each other leave, helped me to realize how incredibly privileged I was by this opportunity. I am so proud to identify as a person with a disability and feel blessed to have worked with organizations that embrace disability inclusion as an essential aspect of diversity. I am excited to begin a new journey this summer as a Financial Sales and Analytics Intern at Bloomberg, and know that all my opportunities are in no small part thanks to Lime Connect. I highly encourage every college sophomore with a disability to apply to the Fellowship program because it can change your life just as it did for me!
If you're a currrent sophomore/rising junior in the U.S., check the Fellowship Program out and apply here - and, do it today, since applications close April 3rd! If you want to reach out to learn more about my experience, you can reach me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jonathan Goldstein, Cornell Class of 2017 and Lime Connect Fellows Class of 2015.
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