Allie Cowden is DSAWM’s long-time intern. While working in the office, she assists with mailings, puts together our new member packets, and lends a hand for programming set-up. Allie turns 26 this fall and in the coming year will graduate from school and begin her adult life. We asked her about this big change in her life, and how she is spending the year before she starts this new chapter.
What is your favorite thing to do during the summer?
My favorite thing to do in the summer is go to the farmers market in Ada. I get to sell lots of pies and cookies to people at the farmers market. My other favorite thing to do is go to the beach and hang out with my friends. I also like working at McDonald’s and Cookie Chicks. It’s fun working at both places. This summer I want to spend more time with my CLS worker and do fun activities together.
Have you traveled recently?
I traveled to Germany, Austria, Italy, and Venice with my family. We saw lots of castles and churches. When we were in Venice we took a water taxi and went to a few stores to shop. We had fun!
What are you looking forward to when you go back to school in the fall?
I’m excited to go back to my program in the fall. I’m looking forward to seeing my friends and teachers again.
How do you feel about your last year of school? What makes you excited? Does anything make you sad?
I am excited and sad about my last year of school. I feel excited when we do social networking events and when I hang out with my peers. I feel sad because when school ends I won’t get to see my peers very often.
What are your goals over the next year?
I want to be a self-advocate, cook new recipes, and learn how to use a grill.
What do you want to do after you graduate?
After I graduate, I want to be more independent and have more freedom. I want to get a house in Grand Rapids and keep working at McDonald’s. I want to take classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Someday, I want to become a public speaker.
Is your child also approaching 26? Check out our Transitions resource page for information about housing, transportation, guardianship planning, and more.