Here it is: the End of the Long and Winding Road. I know this phrase usually refers to the journey of life, but I feel it to be a cogent representation of this internship.
It is no secret our blog entries these past sixteen weeks have been nothing but lyrical representations over a myriad of tracks in an emotional songbook. Through the highs and many, many lows, the only consistent aspect that provided any sort of amelioration can be attributed to personal growth. Don’t get me wrong—it came at a lofty price. The tremendous amount of growth is only paralleled to the blood, sweat and tears poured into this internship; and for that, I am truly proud of our class. The amount of work, sleepless nights, improvisation and growth was paramount and completely intrinsic to our success. There is serious vindication for all of us, despite our doubts and criticisms and (at least for me) novel mistakes.
To Class 14 and other prospective interns: look before you leap. This environment harbors no fortuitous nature of any kind—it will only reciprocate exactly what you put into it. You will work hard—possibly the hardest you have ever worked in your life—and then pushed to work harder. Your tasks will compound themselves. You will feel you are learning exponentially, at times too much. You will be asked to do more. You will be accountable for everything—even those of which you had no part. You will feel your efforts are never appreciated, let alone adequate. You will be frustrated. You will be exhausted. You will be weary, beaten and even broken. That is what this internship is designed for—to push you to your absolute limits. Your team mates and tenacious positivity will be your only allies–use them.
When it is all over, your original self will have been so warped and eroded that only a different version of yourself will remain—a version you never knew existed. For this person, I am so very grateful and you will be too, should you decide to embark on this tumultuous journey.
To BambooSK8: thank you for the opportunity and allowing a nomad like myself to run your public relations efforts. Lastly, to my fellow interns, past and present: I lack the articulation (and sophistication) to express my sincere gratitude. Just know I thank you more than I can ever express here. We are the total sum of everything we’ve experienced thus far, and I only hope the pride you have crafted these past sixteen weeks mirrors the image I have of all of you.
BambooSK8 Class 13