If you’ve participated in an FMR event this fall, or plan to, you’ve probably met our top-notch restoration and education events intern, Gabrielle Ghreichi. A senior at the University of Minnesota, Gabby came to us through the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs or HECUA program, and we’re lucky she did.
Majoring in Biology, Society and the Environment while completing a minor is French, serving as a volunteer for the Minnesota Orchestra while also volunteering with injured animals at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Gabby refuses to choose between her love of science and the humanities. This makes her a perfect fit for Friends of the Mississippi River. Whether it’s working alongside people at our events, hand-sorting bags of volunteer-collected native prairie seed, or patiently re-crafting and uploading announcement onto websites of various speeds in the FMR office, Gabby handles it all with aplomb.
Gabby’s favorite days at FMR are the ones she doesn’t come in (well, to the office). She loves getting to know previously unfamiliar areas at the outdoor events, and especially enjoys "seeing all the people you might not normally interact with coming together."
But she’s enjoying the challenge of her indoor work as well, describing her immersion in an office atmosphere and assistance with outreach work as a "real learning experience." Gabby stays motivated by connecting her cubicle with the river she loves. "I love being able to carry things through the overall picture," she said. "It’s nice to connect the dots between doing the outreach, attending the events, and then helping with work like sorting the seed that volunteers collected after the event."
If you’re a student or recent graduate who can connect the dots like Gabby, we’d love to hear from you. Applications are now being considered for January/February 2013 for both the restoration and education events and the Mississippi River Challenge internship programs. To learn more, visit our volunteer page. Read more…