Everyone warned me that the first year out of college would be difficult. Hearing something, understanding it, and actually living it are radically different experiences. When I first applied to Public Allies, I was a liberal arts produced, wanting-to-save-the-world type, mid-year senior who wanted see if what I had learned and became passionate about in college could be an actual, viable, career choice. Now, more than half way through the program, the answer I was looking for is “yes,” and the only way that “yes,” can even be the answer is through the power of community. Without it, without the help and support of other people, it’s difficult to make our ideas into a tangible reality. It is up to you to make the biggest difference, to be the vehicle of change you want to be. But a part of the key to creating change is collaboration, communication, and ability to take risks. What made this entire year manageable and possible was the combined strength of my community (meaning family, friends, Allies) and the support they provided. As the communications fellow at Cool Culture, I saw how powerful and vital collaboration and communication was in running a successful organization and creating a positive impact on the larger community.