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Adessa Durglo chosen as Intern Coordinator for THHS Internship Program

By B.L. Azure

Adessa Durglo, who graduated for Mission High School in 2011, was recently chosen to head up the 3rd annual THHS Summer Internship Program (B.L. Azure, photo)  Adessa Durglo, who graduated for Mission High School in 2011, was recently chosen to head up the 3rd annual THHS Summer Internship Program (B.L. Azure, photo)

ST. IGNATIUS — An old — relatively speaking — hand is now at the wheel of the Tribal Health and Human Services (THHS) Summer Internship Program (SIP).

Adessa Durglo, who graduated for Mission High School in 2011, was recently chosen to head up the 3rd annual THHS SIP. She has participated in the program since its inception and recently completed her junior year at Montana State University. She is majoring in Exercise Science and plans on seeking a master’s degree in Physical Therapy.

The six-week summer program starts on Monday, June 16 and goes through Friday, 25.

Durglo and the other college students selected for the internships will be charged with setting up and running the three-day Healthcare Warriors Camp at Blue Bay that runs from Monday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 17.

Adessa admitted to having a bit of nervous fear about going away to college and morphing into an independent adult. She chose MSU because it has a Three Bearish appeal: not too close to home and not too far from home — just the right distance so she can come home on the weekends and holidays, and just the right distance away from home so she can get a better feel on the wonderful world of adulthood.

“I was really, really apprehensive about going to college and being away from home,” Adessa said. “That’s one of the reasons I decided to go to Bozeman, the another is that’s where my dad (Joe Durglo) went there too. College is highly important. It is helping me develop skills that are important to being a successful adult. I was surprised by how well things are going for me away from home.”

To ensure a less bumpy transition from home to college Adessa stayed in a freshmen dormitory the first year.

“It helped my confidence to know that I wasn’t the only freshman with a bit of anxiety,” Durglo said. “The whole freshmen class was going through the same things I was.”

Adessa made up her mind early on what she wanted to do with her life.

“When I was in middle school the teacher asked us what we wanted to do with our lives,” Adessa said. “I chose college physical therapy. It was a profession I was aware of and it’s the one I want to be a part of. I just love it.”

Adessa’s father, Joe Durglo, said: “She has always been a focused person. She identifies her goals and goes in a straight line to achieve them.”

Adessa said the THHS Summer Internship Program came along at the optimum time for her and her education goals.

“I want to come back home and help the community. I really do like it here,” she said. “The internship has been very valuable to me and I am looking forward to having a larger role this year. It’s helped establish a connection with Tribal Health; it helps with honing communication skills, organizing skills, leadership skills. It has been really useful in a lot of different ways. This experience will be really useful in the future. I am looking forward to this summer. This is such a neat opportunity.”

Adessa is the daughter of Joe and Alana Durglo of St. Ignatius. Her siblings are Jake, a student at the University of Montana, and Kaylie, a senior in Mission High School, who plans on attending Montana State University this fall.

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