Honestly, I wasn’t really looking forward to another summer in Cleveland. After all, Cleveland is my hometown, and I’ve spent just about every summer there for the past twenty years.
Despite my familiarity with the city, I applied to Summer on the Cuyahoga program (SOTC), hoping to find an internship that would polish my resume and at least rescue me from my regular summer job as a waitress.
At the beginning I was in doubt about my decision to join the 2016 SOTC intern cohort. My new roommates and I seemed to have nothing in common, I was nervous to start my internship at Urban Community School and, at first glance, my program schedule was pretty demanding. In sum, I thought that there was nothing that the program could show me about myself or Cleveland that I didn’t already know.
I was wrong.
My Cleveland State University apartment in the heart of downtown gave me a perfect view of the skyline, and although the landscape hadn’t changed, the city had completely revamped itself before my arrival. I had a front row seat to watch as Cleveland transformed to host the Republican National Convention and to celebrate the Cleveland Cavalier Championship that brought millions to the city. The excitement of downtown triggered a new curiosity for the place where I'd grown up.