Jillian is a fourth year student at Ohio University studying Psychology and Biology, from Youngstown, OH. She is completing an internship throughout the 2022 Spring semester.
What brought you to work for CASA?
I am fulfilling an internship course through Ohio University, applying fieldwork hours into my degree. While my internship and schoolwork is what drove me to the idea of an internship, the values and purpose behind CASA is what drew me into the organization. I hope to do similar work once I graduate, so I was thrilled to find an opportunity to gain hands-on experience.
Why is CASA important?
CASA brings guidance to a lot of children who would not be able to receive it any other way. The CASA program offers many resources that I wasn't aware even existed until I began my internship here. They open many doors for children all over the county that wouldn't have been an option without CASA.
What do you do outside of CASA?
I like to stay busy, so outside of CASA and my studies, I work part-time at a restaurant in town. My friends and I are always hanging out in Strouds and going for hikes or to the beach with my dog.
How do you wind down? Any self-care tips?
My dog insists that we have a nightly tug-of-war battle until he gets tired and falls asleep. To relax, I like to watch my favorite shows on TV or paint and be crafty with my friends. It's important to take breaks and relax when you're stressed, so I always make sure to take self-care time when available!
What is something you have learned recently?
I've learned that life is too short to hesitate. If there is something you want, go for it and don't be scared to put your everything into it.
What is one thing people may not know about you?
I want to help children just like those involved in CASA for a career. I found CASA to be a perfect opportunity to gain insight into the field. I've always thought my purpose was to help people, and I think working at CASA helped me realize who exactly I need to help.