Where did the time go?

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Contributor: Luke A. Nault, Marketing and Communications Intern at United Way Fox Cities and recent graduate of Fox Valley Technical College

Has it really been five months already? Hello, my name is Luke Nault, and I am a United Way Fox Cities marketing and communications intern from Fox Valley Technical College. As my internship comes to a close, I’d like to take the time to reflect on my experience.

I can remember my first day walking through these doors. I was nervous and excited to finally experience what somebody with a degree in Professional Communication could do for a living. I had never worked in an office setting before, as I have mostly worked in warehouses and retail. The people working at United Way Fox Cities welcomed me with arms wide open, and it was easy to jump right in and get to work.

One of the most amazing things I got to witness while interning here, was what happened after the big theft of diapers from the Fox Cities Diaper Bank (an initiative of United Way Fox Cities) at the beginning of March. After such a deplorable incident, I got front row tickets to how quickly the local community responded. Donations not only came from big companies like Kimberly-Clark, Amazon, and Procter & Gamble, but individuals took the time out of their day to send what they could, even as far away as Colorado. There is an amazing and special relationship between United Way Fox Cities and the people of the Fox Valley.

That was only one of the amazing things that I experienced while being an intern here. Each and every day there is some new and exciting thing for me to learn. Some of the remarkable things that I’ve had the chance to be a part of included: Teen Symposium, the Annual Meeting, editing the Weight of the Fox Valley and the United Way Fox Cities websites, and so much more. The people I have had the opportunity to meet have been absolutely magnificent in helping me grow in my chosen field.

My adventure at United Way Fox Cities may be coming to an end, but the people I’ve met and the things I participated in, have enhanced my awareness of what can be accomplished when there is a strong community and caring individuals working together. As I move on toward the next step in my journey, I leave you with these wise words from the 1952 Nobel Peace prize winner Albert Schweitzer, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”