Tri-C accepts new intern

By: Sam Rodriguez
By: Sam Rodriguez

Ellie Norris, 18, of McKinney, the new intern at the Christian Campus Center, greets and speaks with people, sends out the weekly emails and manages the social media accounts for the Tri-C on a daily basis.
“For me it’s a big opportunity to meet people,” Norris said. “I’m not a super outgoing person. I enjoy talking to people, I just wouldn’t walk up to a person and be like, ‘hi,’ but working here, it’s kind of in my job description to do that. It’s a little bit out of my comfort zone, but it’s still a lot of fun.”
Norris was born in Kilgore, but grew up in McKinney. She found this opportunity through her grandmother, Momma Jan, who has been Assistant Director of the Tri-C for about five years, and has lived here all of Ellie’s life.
The move from McKinney back to Kilgore has been something of a culture shock, despite only being two and a half hours away. Norris has found the two cities have completely different atmospheres, in terms of social and dietary norms.
“People come up and talk to you more than they do in McKinney,” she said. “Here everyone talks to me; when I go to church here [at Chandler Street Church of Christ], people know that you’re not from that church, whereas most of the time when you go to church in McKinney, the churches are so big that nobody notices if you’re new. Someone might notice, but not everyone.”
In addition to the social differences, the move has taken a toll on her diet. Norris is a vegan, and has to go out of her way to find things to eat. Grocery stores such as Brookshire’s, Walmart, and Super 1 Foods have limited options, whereas in McKinney she was able to find a much greater variety.
“For the Tri-C, I really just want to make sure I get done what [campus minister] Britt [Davis] wants me to do; I want to make sure I’m working hard and fulfilling everything that’s expected of me, but I also want to make sure that people see me as a person they can talk to,” Norris said. “Britt’s super awesome, but if you’re a young girl, you might not feel comfortable talking to a grown man about whatever you’re going through, or if Britt is busy a lot, I want to make sure people know that they can come to me and talk to me about anything.”
Norris continued, “I’m not necessarily pursuing ministry, but I do enjoy talking about Jesus and I enjoy helping people. As a Christian, that’s what I’m called to do. The main point in me being here is to be a helping hand and to be a friend for other students.” However, this has not only benefitted her. “I’m not a huge extrovert. It has really been helping me with my personal growth and being able to talk to people,” Norris said. “If I do choose to do ministry or missions, I’m going to be around a lot of people all the time, and I’ll be talking about Jesus to them. I’m more of a listener than a talker, so this has really been helping me.”
Norris can be found from around 9 or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at the Tri-C.