Meet the Y: Dezmond


The YMCA of Austin is happy to welcome our newest member of the team, Dezmond Nation. Dezmond is a junior at the University of Texas, and he’s interning with our Communication and Member Experience departments. 

Q: Where is home?A: I was born on December 31st, 1997 in Dallas, TX. The Dallas area in general is a sea full of neighboring suburbs and throughout the course of my childhood and adolescence; I have resided in 3 suburbs surrounding the city (Cedar Hill, Rowlett, and Garland).  Q: What were your favorite childhood activities? A: So growing up in Dallas, there was hardly an insufficient amount of activities to engage in and attractions to visit. Every summer, my family and I would visit Six Flags over Texas to partake in the exhilarating roller coasters and to soak up the warm Texas sun. In addition, to combat the summer sun, I would frequent Hurricane Harbor – a waterpark just 30 minutes outside of Dallas. Lastly, I am a huge Dallas sports fan so I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Dallas Cowboys and Mavericks home games.  Q: What is your biggest accomplishment to date?A: Without a doubt, my biggest accomplishment to date was being accepted into The University of Texas at Austin in 2016. I literally cried tears of joy when I received my now tear stained acceptance letter which I still possess today. It was humbling and reassuring to know that my hard work in secondary schooling did not go unnoticed. UT Austin has pushed and challenged me through realms I thought were impossible to conquer and for that I am thankful. In addition, UT has provided me with lucrative job opportunities to give me the chance to gain experience in the career field (Marketing and Communications) of my desire.  Q: Why did you choose to intern at the YMCA of Austin? A: For starters, the YMCA is a non-profit organization and that alone substantiates the organizations mission which focuses on bettering the communities they serve. Whether it is through improving health literacy or educational assistance, the organization exemplifies and serves as the epitome of dedication and commitment. Q: What are your goals after graduation?A: I am expected to graduate in May of 2020, so my current plan on becoming a Communications Specialist for IBM is susceptible to change. As of now, I am strongly interested in both the tech and health aspects of the communications field. I feel as though the role of a Communications Specialist in either field is vital to the success of any organization. When information is disseminated efficiently, every stakeholder in the company will essentially be aligned to the common goal of said company and will be aware of the proper tasks and steps to take to make sure that goal is met sufficiently. Overall, my main goal is to acquire a job that I love and will be passionate about. I want to have that feeling of eagerness when I wake up in the morning to commute to the job of my dreams.  Make sure to welcome Dezmond to the Y if you see him around our branches. 
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