Student Stories

Elise McConnell

UK Kentucky Scholar Intern (KSI)

I first became interested in the KSI program because it seemed like a great opportunity to intern with a non-profit while also learning more about Kentucky.  When I read about Pine Mountain Settlement School, its focus on nature, community, education, art, and culture caught my attention.  Although I expected that I would like working in such an environment, what I couldn't have anticipated were the incredible people that I would meet and the beauty of southeastern Kentucky that I would get to enjoy.  I gained experience teaching classes and helping with campus events, which will be valuable as I pursue a career in education.  I left in December with many happy memories and a connection to Pine Mountain that I hope to maintain for years to come.

This is probably one of the most valuable experiences I've had in my time at UK.