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Meet the Intern: Karabo Tebogo-Maruping

By 651 ARTS on July 17, 2012

This blog was submitted to 651 from Ana Leguillou, a New Media & Arts Fellow who had the opportunity to interview one of our interns.

Happy days at 651! From its dedicated workers to its creative interns, comes bright days filled with new things to learn and goals to accomplish. Each intern at 651 has something special and creative about them. One intern in particular is none other than KB, a senior at Hawken School, an independent college preparatory day school located in Cleveland, Ohio. Her full name is Karabo Tebogo-Maruping & her hometown is in Botswana, Africa! Talk about completely epic. I was glad to get an inside scoop on her day-to-day lifestyle. Based on how the media portrayed Africa, I had little knowledge of what a normal day would look like for an African teenager. I learned that KB is just another regular teen just trying to make something out of life.

My fascination increased as she expressed her life in a different part of the world.  I wanted to know if there were any differences she noted after arriving in the United States. She explained, “Here in the U.S., things get done too quickly.” She continued, “I went to a fast food restaurant and the food had been prepared so quickly, whereas back home it takes a while before things are done.”

Her ultimate goal in life is to travel around the world before she settles down. “You’re not tied down by anything at a young age; you should take advantage of the opportunity.” KB is highly determined, getting ready to attend Scripps Women’s College in Claremont, California this fall. “My personal motto is ‘Best Everyone.’” She believes that you shouldn’t be worried about what other people think of you, instead focus on what you can show the world with what you do. She intends to study chemistry and also business management. One curiosity she would like to answer is, “How economically feasible it would be to produce a specific drug to cure cancer.”

When asked about being an intern for 651 ARTS, her words were, “I have never been so excited to say, ‘I’m going to work.’ I love being here!” She said she loved everything about 651 ARTS, from working with Dawn in Finance to sitting in on meetings. She expressed her love and admiration for Candace Feldman, Education & Programming Associate at 651 ARTS. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her, she’s my lifesaver.”

651 ARTS has helped her grow as a person and prepared her for the business life. She appreciates everything that Candace has done for her during her stay here in New York and she states that Candace is her inspiration and motivation to continue on in her work. Her final thoughts, “651 ARTS is indeed a great place to be an intern for, I can personally say, as an intern you learn a lot and the people here are like family, they make you feel extremely welcome & you have fun with what you’re doing.”

Karabo (KB) Tebogo-Maruping
Karabo (KB) Tebogo-Maruping

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