Breaking the Ice

In life, some lessons are constant and recurring. One of these lessons is that most things in life are easier said than done, and as an old Hispanic proverb says: del dicho al hecho, hay mucho trecho.

Never having worked or volunteered at a National Park, and much less at a federal job, I did not know what to expect. I had visited other national parks, including the Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Yellowstone National Park, but seeing how a National Park operates behind closed doors has amazed me. Thankfully, the help and warmth of the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site staff members have been instrumental during this process.

I could confidently say that my first week at Fort Raleigh was filled with new information and remarkable experiences, nonetheless, it was never overwhelming. Getting time to observe the site, reading the information on the exhibits, and exploring the park grounds aided my integration into Fort Raleigh and its modus operandi. And as if that wasn’t enough, my park housing has been up to par. Its propitious location between the forest and the coastline results in a beautiful sunset descending over the Albemarle Sound.

I will be forever thankful for this opportunity, especially when not many History majors get to immediately exercise their profession after their graduation, but this internship at Fort Raleigh has given me the chance to do exactly that. I still have much to learn from this park, as well as from the history and culture that surrounds it. However, as it stands, Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks have my heart. Hopefully, I can continue to help this National Historic Site through my research so that all visitors may have a wonderful learning experience here.

  • Diana Ruiz
    Posted at 16:07h, 04 July

    Definitely a remarkable and enriching expericience that you will treasure and share with others through your career.

  • Gerardo Javariz
    Posted at 16:47h, 04 July

    Your reflections on starting at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site beautifully illustrate the blend of anticipation and discovery that comes with new experiences. The old Hispanic proverb, “del dicho al hecho, hay mucho trecho,” aptly sets the tone, capturing the essence of transitioning from expectations to reality.Es inspirador ver tu gratitud por la oportunidad y tu compromiso para contribuir a la misión del parque. ¡Te deséamos lo mejor mientras continúas tu trabajo y exploración en Fort Raleigh!

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