Almost three years ago, I was sitting in my dorm room searching for an internship for the following summer, when my mom sent me a link on Facebook to CDN’s summer intern opportunities. Not knowing CDN at all, I almost ignored that notification, and I’m so glad that I didn’t.
Working with CDN in various capacities (as a summer intern, virtual intern, and full-time staff) has been the best start to my career that I could have imagined. I’ve been incredibly lucky to attend a variety of conferences, to get one-on-one time with our incredibly bright and motivated young adult leaders, and for a period of time to oversee Chapters in CDN’s west region. There are so many things that I am grateful to CDN for: for giving me a community of other people like me, for allowing me to grow as a professional, and the opportunity to work with some of the most dedicated people I have ever met.
It’s bittersweet to be saying goodbye to CDN now. The organization is at such a pivotal point in its growth with the recent launch of CDN REACH™, ambitious goals to improve health outcomes for young adults through clinical care, and continued dedication to giving all young adults with diabetes the opportunity to live a life without compromise.
However, I’m looking forward to continuing to stay connected to the public health space as I move onto my next role. CDN has empowered me to find the professional opportunities that I am looking for. Through my work at CDN I was lucky to get to help coordinate many of our large events, attend conferences, and find my niche within this community. Working for the betterment of our healthcare system and to enable providers to provide the best care to their patients is a critical component to creating a society where all individuals have equitable opportunities, and I’m grateful that I will be continuing to do this work after I leave CDN.
I’m excited to still be a friend and supporter to CDN, to watch the impact of this organization grow, and to see more young adults with diabetes feel empowered to live healthy, successful lives. I’ll miss our dedicated staff and outstanding young adult members, but the impact that you all have had on me will never be forgotten.