Approaching my senior year at The College of New Jersey, I began searching for an internship. As a Political Science major, I’ve always been interested in the relationship between the United States and other countries. I was introduced to GMRF through family, and I had no choice but to fall in love. I was greeted with two warm hugs by Waad and Sajjad on my first day interning at GMRF. They immediately invited me to a game of “thumb war,” and just like that, I was no longer the newbie. Spending time with the children at the “Dare to Dream House” has been so rewarding: Waad, Sajjad, and Ahmed, from Iraq, Ngawang from India, and Sarah from Haiti, always have smiles on their faces, and its evident how much they deeply care about one another. While I collaborate files, help update the GMRF website, research grants, and help with other tasks in the office, never more than a few moments go by without a child stopping in to say hello, asking a question, or performing a magic trick. Each child is so full of life, love, wit, and contagious humor– and it is incredibly humbling, considering the trauma they’ve experienced. Interning with GMRF has been an enormous privilege; I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to work alongside such a passionate and caring staff, and I’m excited to see what’s next!