Yesterday was the first day Sarah Jones joined us in the office for her senior “externship”. Read more below about Sarah, and what she thought about WINNERS on day one. She will check back in a few weeks to share what else she’s learning!
Sarah Jones is currently a senior at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA. Throughout high school, she played for the Capital Lacrosse Club and will attend The College of William and Mary next fall. Her lacrosse awards include All-Team ISL, 2nd Team All-State, and Honorable Mention All-Met in her junior year. She is also a two-year captain. At Episcopal, Sarah also runs indoor track and plays saxophone in the orchestra. During the summers she works as a lifeguard and coaches both lacrosse and swimming.
Lacrosse Memory: Winning in overtime on Senior Night when I was a freshman
Movie: Crazy, Stupid, Love
T.V. Show: Criminal Minds
Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns
Professional Sports Team: New Orleans Saints
Food: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Professional Athlete: Drew Brees
Keep reading to find out how Sarah's first day went!
Day 1: Initial Impression
As I started my day hopping on a Metro Train running on the Yellow Line rather than the Blue Line, I realized I am not nearly as worldly as I may have thought and hoped. But already, as I delve deeper into the makeup of the DC wards and what schools they are composed of, I am acquiring greater knowledge and a better understanding of the city I have lived on the outskirts of for the majority of my life.
When people ask where I am externing this spring, I tell them in a short synopsis that I am working at WINNERS lacrosse, a non-profit lacrosse organization in DC that works to get underserved kids playing the game. And while I think, from what I know on day 1, that this accurately covers what the organization does in a short sentence, it doesn’t capture or express my initial impressions. Two words that come to mind when I think about my first impressions are “execution” and “effectiveness.” It is obvious to me that there is a desire for success in this workplace, and that doesn’t surprise me since the directors are athletes. Whether it be having me research DC schools with the hope of effectively working their system throughout its different regions, or discussing how and when to reach out to sponsors with the hope of effectively bringing in funds, this organization approaches its goals with seriousness and clarity. While I have only been here for a day, it is apparent that this kind of execution and effectiveness leads to a successful nonprofit and business in general.
Thank you Sarah for your insights, and welcome to the WINNERS team!