By Johanna Barnowski, Communications Intern
In high school, I volunteered with Keep Akron Beautiful on “Super Saturday” during Clean Up Akron Month. I never would have guessed that three years later I would be doing a summer internship with KAB. My name is Johanna. I am a senior at The University of Akron studying Communications focused in Public Relations, with a minor in English. I am a member of the Public Relationship Student Society of America, where I have served as Events Coordinator and New Member Recruiter. I’ll be graduating this coming December. Post-graduation I hope to work for a nonprofit organization with a cause that I care about.
I live in Green and grew up in the Akron area. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I love seeing more of the world, meeting new people, and trying new things. I especially love trying new food! One of my favorite places I’ve been is Italy, where the pasta changed my life. I’m also very passionate about coffee!
I never expected to end up in the field of Communications. I didn’t know before how many different areas and jobs you can do in this field. I am passionate about advocating for and helping others. This not only includes people, but it also includes places and things – like this Earth! This is something that I am able to do in this field, and even in this internship.
About a week ago, I volunteered with KAB to execute their annual Community Appearance Index. This gave me the opportunity to see some of the sites KAB takes care of, and to see many parts of Akron that I have never been to. Participating in this made me think about how much KAB does for this community, and what the city of Akron would be like without this organization. I’m excited to see what else KAB does, get more involved in this community, and get real-world experience.