Today I've begun my second week of internship but things seem progress much slower than I expected, which makes me a little bit frustrated.
Recently, Cabrini is hosting a Golf Benefit to raise its fund for next month as well as to provide a chance for people from different areas learn about our organization's aim. As it is the first big fund-raising event during my internship, I really want to do as much as I can to help the event run smoothly. On the second day of our work, Dan recommended Jenny and I to create our capacity and connection map in order to give ourselves and other staff a clear idea in which area we can contribute to. However, as college students, we have so little beneficial connections, needless to say most of them are not in Chicago. I emailed to my golf coach at school who lived in the States for over 30 years but he replied me with a pity saying he has no friend who lives in town. I emailed to all of the group members who also intern in Chicago this summer ask if they could pass our message to their supervisors, but no positive reply has been received yet.
A quote of lyric came to my mind " We've not yet succeeded. We've done what we can but no one has answered to our call（我们仍然未得胜，能做已做，无人响应）". Then, I began to think of a video on youtube Dan shared few days ago talking about whether it is possible that we build effective networks through internet. It agrees for no doubt that people can reach each other much more easier than ever before, but this also leaves a problem that the interpersonal relationships may not be as strong. The convenience of internet makes people overwhelmed in communication. In that case, some people choose to self-handicap, looking without seeing, hearing without listening. See how easy it is to share ideas on blogs, but there are still millions of blogs leaving semi-anonymous on the internet.
Nevertheless, this does NOT mean I should give up so quickly. Building effective connections via internet is the trend. It is only the way how we use it really matters. And I think this is also what I need to figure out in the past few weeks, say how to find effective connections and link them to CC T/MC. We've not yet succeeded, but eventually we will. In the same song I've quote before, there is also a sentence following illustrating my faith now.
"Since virtual things is sure win, even if it is hard, we also will try. （既然仁慈是必胜，难亦要念，难念的经）"