Eager Young Leader - Charlotte Frischman, CLIP: New York 2016
Entering a new place or activity is never an easy task. It’s a tad unsettling or even nerve-racking (at the very least.) As a non-New Yorker, I gave myself an hour to make a fifteen minute walk to the Bronfman Center for CLIP orientation, failing to realize that NO ONE in the city wears their heels while traveling to work. Finally wobbling into the historic building, I found that about 1/3 of the interns also gave themselves far too long for a far too short commute. I knew in the back of my mind that my nerves were not because I was scared of CLIP orientation, they were because I was thrilled to be in a room full of thriving young leaders who strive to make a positive impact on the Jewish community in every which way.
As more and more interns started to funnel into the room, I felt a sense of eagerness. Everyone was chatting and playing Jewish geography, proving that almost every single person found something or someone in common. I quickly felt that these strangers would become familiar faces and people that I knew would truly make an impact on me as a person, as a leader, and as a Jew.
I could go on and on about how amazing Julie, Dana, the numerous speakers and the activities we participated in were during orientation. However, I want to focus on how amazing CLIP really is. We are being challenged to make an impact. We are being challenged to learn not only about our community and our peers, but to learn about ourselves. In college, it is very common to feel lost. I’m at a point in my life where I do not fully know what direction I’m going to take next. This summer, I’m not only working alongside Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky, one of the most amazing non-profit executives in the industry, but I am also growing alongside my CLIP cohort.
I cannot wait to see where this summer takes me and how it impacts the path of my future. I truly thank the CLIP cohort for making me feel a home at the Bronfman Center, and the CLIP staff and guests for being an inspiration to us eager young leaders. More updates to come on my journey with CLIP and my placement, Keren Or!
It’s also really important for me to say that the bagels and pizza here are amazing….