My name is Bridget D’Angelis and I am currently an intern at Long Island Progressive Coalition. I am a senior at Long Island University and I am a sociology major. Growing up, I constantly changed my mind as to what I wanted to do for a career. But, the one thing I have always been set on is my passion to help people. I have always said I wanted a job where I could make a difference by helping people live better lives. My professor confronted me about this internship, and although I did not know much about the organization, the offer was too good to pass up. I am so glad I got the opportunity to intern here at LIPC. I learned about the importance of politics, a subject I was never too keen on or paid attention to. There are so many crucial issues on Long Island we need to address such as affordable housing, quality education, minimum wage, and other important matters in our society.
One event that opened my eyes to the reality of education and jobs was the Good Jobs, Good Schools forum that I attended. Quality and equal education is such an essential part of a student’s progression in life. Long Island schools need quality teachers, personalized classes, extended learning time, and other necessary components in order to give students of all races and ethnicities a chance for a promising future. The other pressing issue that I grew passionate for was the minimum wage problem. The minimum wage needs to be increased a significant amount. Community members are struggling to put food on their tables and support their families. No person that works a full time job should live in poverty. It was exciting to see the political candidates relay their positions on the subject matter as well. You always hear about theses issues on the news, but when you witness it first hand and listen to people talking about their struggles, it becomes real.
I believe LIPC will help me in my professional career by that I want to work in the criminal justice/sociology field. I want to work as a counselor or an advisor to people who have issues that need to be addressed. This type of work relates to LIPC in that I would be making a difference in society and creating a greater sustainable living for someone. LIPC looks at the broad spectrum of social inequalities and having a little experience with that will help me focus on the smaller, individual spectrum of social issues.
It was also able to see how the election process played out. I was educated on the candidates and the problems that they wanted to address. These problems were local issues that affect the people of Long Island each and every day. I am very fortunate to have had this new experience here at LIPC. I worked with an amazing and down to earth group of people who are so incredibly passionate and dedicated to their line of work. I felt like I was apart of something, that I was making a difference to society in my own small contribution. LIPC gave me a voice. I could express my thoughts and opinions freely on issues I became very knowledgeable of. I was able to venture out of my bubble and make a difference by trying to help people live better quality lives.