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Meet Mid-City CAN intern Coral Liedtke

Coral Liedtke

Hi, my name is Coral and I am a media intern at Mid-City CAN. Before I began attending community college at the age of 20, I was a high school dropout with no intention of going back to school. During this time, I worked various retail jobs to get by. This experience eventually led me back in the classroom, this time with an enthusiasm for -- and interest in -- learning. I took my first Sociology class during my first year of college and immediately felt a connection. Finally, I had an outlet to discuss openly issues on gender, race, and class inequality. This ignited a fire within me, and for the first time in my life, I found something that I am truly passionate about. Sociology gave me a sense of direction and a reason to continue pursuing my education. I excelled in community college and in 2009 I transferred to the University of California, San Diego, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Human Development.

I intend to spend the majority of my senior year interning to pursue my interests, as well as explore career paths. Over the past summer, I interned at an adult day health care facility. There I had the pleasure of working with occupational therapists, social workers and physical therapists, all with a common goal of creating a healthy, safe, and comfortable environment for the participants who visit the facility on a daily basis. I had the pleasure of getting to know a variety of people with different personalities and life stories. I became very close with the participants and staff during my time as an intern and still go back to visit the facility.

My awareness of the City Heights community first developed when I took a course in Urban Sociology. We looked at redevelopment efforts that transformed this community. Changes in City Heights supported arguments for community redevelopment projects. As an intern at Mid-City CAN, I want to bring more attention to the people, issues, and possibilities of this community. I understand that a healthy community is like a garden; to be sustained it needs continuous pruning, plucking, watering and planting. I see the importance in continued efforts toward making the City Heights community the best it can be, and I am excited to be a part of it!

- Coral Liedtke

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