See you soon Hopewell!

Hi Everyone, my name is Jhulian Gutierrez! This summer, I will be participating in the 2019 Latino Heritage Program as a Visitor Services Intern at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. I was born in Miami, FL and was raised in both Florida and Texas. although I spent most of my childhood in the small town of Katy, TX. I am a Freshman at Lonestar college, where I am pursuing my AA to then transfer to a 4 year University to earn a degree in Marine Zoology. Growing up, I was always drawn to nature, animals, history and all things science! My parents always told me I was a hyperactive child with such eagerness to learn. Now, in my early adulthood, I can say I have chilled out a bit, yet I still possess the same keenness to learn.

This summer it will be full of many firsts for me! This will be my first road trip on my own, my first time being in Pennsylvania, and my first internship ever! As I count down the days to the beginning of my program, you can imagine the excitement and nervousness that I am feeling. I am beyond honored to have the opportunity to work at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. I will not only get to learn, but teach visitors about the park and its many amazing recreational opportunities, park facilities, and  interpretive services. I will get to research for the park and learn about the large diverse group of people who used to work there and the many jobs they had, to run an iron plantation.

As I approach the day where I will begin this new adventure, reality is starting to hit. I am realizing how truly blessed I am to have this opportunity to work with the amazing program LHIP and the NPS. I would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped me get here! In addition, I would like to wish my fellow interns good luck to all the other interns and hope everyone has a great summer!

Stay tuned for the upcoming blogs I will be posting this summer detailing the many exciting experiences I will have with the Hopewell Team.

Until next time!

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