My name is Dollie Mischel Lookingbill and I am originally from Friona, Texas. My life began on a farm in a now obsolete community called Black—which is about 8 miles west of Friona. Today, I live in Amarillo and will be starting work on my Masters in English at West Texas A&M University. My Master’s thesis will focus on regional literature and ecology, hopefully culminating in an essay which will illuminate connections between place and community as well as possible solutions to achieve sustainable living in our region.
As my educational ambitions might suggest, my passions include reading and writing! I also possess an ardent love for nature, history, community, art, religion, psychology and people. To be honest, I can pretty much develop a curiosity for anything. I am fascinated by the world we live in and work daily to acquire as much knowledge as possible. One of the most frequent questions I encounter about myself is what I plan to do with my degree. It is a difficult question to answer, because I don’t know what I will specifically be doing. What I do know, is that I can’t go wrong following my passions, and this internship with Ogallala Commons proves that opportunities are everywhere for the person who is willing to step out of the box and look!
This summer I will be interning with the Amarillo Area Foundation. Though I am unsure of precisely what roles I will be taking on this summer, I know that my experience with AAF will serve to strengthen my knowledge of community oriented philanthropy while providing solid work experience.