It's Never Been Just a Job

By Maddi Jackson, Senior Campus Coordinator

By Maddi Jackson, Senior Campus Coordinator

How can you can say good bye to something that has been your entire life for three years?

If you would have asked me 5 years ago where I thought I'd be today, never in a million years would I have guessed it would be here. I've picked up my life and moved four times in four years; Columbus, Boston, DC, back to Cincinnati, and off again in a few days. I've fallen madly in love with a country and its people. I've led four Israel trips, planned and executed half a dozen conferences, created dozens of workshops and managed more than 100 interns. None of which I ever thought I had the ability to do. 

The David Project is so much more than a job. It's a family. A movement. A way of thinking and acting. What other job allows you to travel the world with your best friends? Or meet the most amazing student leaders, peace activists, educators, mentors and policy makers? It's never been just a job.

Maddi Jackson pictured with the Mid-West delegation at the 2018 Relationship Building Institute

Maddi Jackson pictured with the Mid-West delegation at the 2018 Relationship Building Institute

To all of our students (past and present), you continually amaze me. Your ability to challenge the status quo, think critically, be open minded, reach out beyond your comfort zone and genuinely listen to each other blows me away. We say all the time that you're our future leaders, but you're not. You are our leaders now and you are already making this world a better place. 

To all of my Israel Fellow friends (past and present), you are the reason I care so deeply about this work. Not only have I learned so much from you but you have pushed me and helped me grow into a stronger person. All of your strength and passion is incomparable. Not to mention, many of you have become my life-long friends and I cherish every single memory we have together. 

Maddi Jackson and Israel Fellows at the 2017 Relationship Building S

Maddi Jackson and Israel Fellows at the 2017 Relationship Building S

Finally, to our David Project team, I don’t think I'll ever truly find the words to describe the impact that y’all have had on me. You are my family. My best friends. My mentors. My support system. There are too many memories and pictures to ever share, but know that I will always keep them with me. 

Maddi Jackson and The David Project team at the 2018 Relationship Building Institute

Maddi Jackson and The David Project team at the 2018 Relationship Building Institute

The David Project campus team convened for a retreat this past winter.

The David Project campus team convened for a retreat this past winter.

With all of that said (and I could literally write a novel about all of you and my experiences), I just want to end with Thank you and I love you. 

Everyone knows that I'm not the biggest fan of change... but I've gotten much better at embracing it (still a work in progress). There are very few times I would ever say I'm excited about something new, but maybe just maybe, this is one of those times. As I turn the page on the next chapter of my life, I will be moving to East Lansing, MI and joining Michigan State Hillel as their new Director of Israel Education and Programming. This Buckeye is about to be in Spartan territory. 

TDP