Meet Our Interns

From writing blog posts, to creating newsletters, to designing marketing graphics, and staying up-to-date on our social media platforms, our interns have been working very hard, all summer long, to provide the A|S community with new, helpful, and original content. We’re honored to work alongside these talented individuals as we feature makers, build community with our followers, and continue to strengthen artists in their pursuit of their passions and Christ.

We hope this post will help you get to know these humble women a little better, and maybe it could even spark some new friendships! Either way, we want to honor them and thank them, with this post, for volunteering their time to helping others and benefiting the Kingdom.


Mikaela Hershock – Graphic Design

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What are three interesting facts about you?
I was born with three kidneys. I know all the lyrics to Lose Yourself by Eminem. I love sour cream on french toast.

Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
Mother Teresa is a huge inspiration of mine because of her vulnerability and rawness through times in her life when she did not always feel the Lord’s presence. I recently read Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light which is a collection of some of the letters that she wrote to spiritual advisors in her life. While they were not originally intended for the public, it was remarkable to realize that a woman who did so much in the line of God’s work still struggled with self-doubt and depression.

What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
My favorite verse is Matthew 6:34 which says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” This verse has helped me through some very hard times in my life. Times when I feel hopeless and like there is no way I can accomplish all that I wish to or that my life will get any better. This reminds me to take things on step at a time and that God ultimately has a plan for everything.


Sarahgrace Sharp – Graphic Design

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Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Over this year I have found myself going back and listening to Rend Collective’s album Good News. The album is packed with uplifting music that brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. The lyrics are beautiful reminders of God’s love for us that we can so easily forget. I have clung to the lyrics during times of joy as well as times of sorrow, either way I love the album and it has become one of my favorites to jam loudly to.

What’s your favorite show or movie on Netflix and why?
Friends! For sure!! The first time I started watching Friends, I watched the first episode and just wasn’t feeling it…I then picked it up again a few months later and could not stop watching until I finished it. Whether I was intently watching episode after episode or playing it in the background as I was getting ready for the day, I loved following the storyline, the humor and watching each character develop over all 236 episodes (and yes, I watched every single one over the span of about 3-4 months).

What’s your favorite Bible verse and why?

“And Jesus replied, ‘You do not understand what I am doing now
but someday you will.'” – John 13:7

This verse has kind of been a life verse for me over the past several years, ever since I stumbled upon it. I have gone through several phases during my life when I cannot make sense of where the Lord is leading me and not understanding His will for certain things that have come my way. This verse has encouraged me so much to trust and have faith in Jesus and His big picture during those unsettling times.


Darby Trask – Social Media

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What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
My ideal way to spend a weekend would be lazy and happy. Lately, my husband and I have loved dates that start at a coffee shop and end up curled on the house with a pint of ice cream and a movie. I think my ideal weekend would look a lot like that. Community, coffee, movies, ice cream… and cat cuddles. Oh, and napping.What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
I teach yoga and it has had a huge impact on my life. Breath control or breath regulation (known in yoga as pranayama) has also had a huge impact on my life. There are so many types of pranayama, and I would 100% recommend to do some research on them! Learning the techniques can help with anything from anxiety to digestion. I’ve seen the benefits and they have personally changed my life!

How do you like to spend your free time?
Ah, the elusive concept of free time. I’m kidding (mostly). I prioritize self-care and taking time to propel yourself to healthy habits. That being said, I love having free time and I think it is SO important! Some of my favorite things to do are practicing meditation and yoga, reading biographies (and other things), curating and creating playlists, spending time in intentional community (I love having people over for dinner at my house!), spending time with my husband (we are about to celebrate our first anniversary), and cuddling with my cats. And I will always spend an afternoon on a Pinterest project of any kind!


Olivia McCash – Public Relations

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What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Live abroad! I can’t recommend anything more highly. I’ve had the opportunity to live in so many places long and short term, and those seasons have always been such powerful and transformative chapters in my story. Living abroad has always stretched me and broadened my view of God and His children. And I love that you end up with families all over the world.

What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
Oh man, the ideal weekend would start with a big quality breakfast and lots of coffee. There would be some adventures: maybe a camping expedition or a hike or just exploring a new place. Definitely some donuts and wildflowers thrown into the mix. And time spent working on different projects, testing new recipes, reading, and spending time with my people…and spontaneous dance parties & movies. I think a mix of adventure & rest is the ultimate combination.

What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
I just got into this concept called “hygge.” It’s basically a word that describes the Danish way of living. It focuses on cultivating feelings of safety & belonging, rich community, atmosphere, and presence (amongst many other things) in a really intentional way. I’m trying to be more mindful about how I incorporate that into my life, and it’s been so fun. Highly recommend reading about it!


Maali Padro – Public Relations

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What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Everyone should at least do once in their life the one thing they are afraid of doing and give their dreams a chance regardless of how big or small they may be. At least once in your life, live your life to the fullest. Give your life the opportunity to be the best life possible. Give yourself the opportunity to live the best life possible.

Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
I love scrolling through Instagram and reading and seeing about the small accomplishments that everyone has had. Whether finally starting to workout, or putting their artwork on display, or finally cleaning their room. I’m impressed by every single person who wakes up, shows up in their lives, and works towards something bigger than all of us. I’m a amazed by how connected the lives of those around us are connected to ours. One encouraging post on Instagram can uplift a person for a life time.

What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
This is a hard one. There are so many verses that have played a significant part in my life. If I had to choose one well two, it would be 1 Peter 2:9, “
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”, because it is a constant reminder of who I am, whose I am, why I am here on this earth. It gives me purpose and brings me back to my roots whenever I start to get lost.


Mariko Sandico – Public Relations

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What kind of art do you enjoy the most?

I love art in the form of photography or writing. It’s amazing to me how beautifully photographers can capture real-life people, places, or things through their shooting and/or editing style. Similarly, writing can communicate powerful messages through a gentle medium.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Beyonce, always.

What would be your ideal way to spend your weekend?
Sleeping in, eating LOTS of brunchy foods and drinking moderate amounts of coffee. Ideally, doing this in a new city or unfamiliar place so David (my husband) and I can explore throughout the afternoons and evenings.


Casey Cappa – Public Relations

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Which podcast(s) can you not get enough of?
I’ve been LOVING both Personality Hacker and Typology for a long time, now. If you are interested in understanding yourself and others, growing your self-awareness, more clearly seeing your blind spots, and loving others where they are at, these are gems.

What kind of art do you enjoy most?
Poetry is my absolute favorite medium of art. I love how the human experience can be told so profoundly in a few lines. Poetry requires honesty, creativity, analogy – but mostly, the courage to tell your story. (My personal favorites are Morgan Harper Nichols, Cleo Wade, Rupi Kaur, and Nick Miller, just to name a few!)

What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
I love slow mornings with lots of coffee, journaling and praise music, afternoons of quality time with friends, family, and all the animals, and evenings filled with food, music, laughter, art, exploring and making memories in the everyday.

 

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