For those of you who have had the chance to visit our--and other--campuses as well this summer, I hope you have been treated to wonderful trips around the campuses you visited. I hope our visitors had a good time, as interns we did. In fact, I think this has been the biggest highlight of my summer, which is to say a lot considering it’s a job (that required me to wake up before nine multiple times) and I’ve spent ten weeks (often in scorching sun, or tempestuous rain) of my time here. Even as we conclude this Friday, many of the elements we had from our very first weeks still remain. I’m actually a little sad that this is coming to an end, because for a job, I can’t emphasize how much of a good time I’ve heard. For my last blog post, I’m highlighting the moments I’ll forever cherish and miss from this job,
The purple shoes.
After filling in our contracts, we got google forms to indicate our shoe sizes. This was a surprise for all of us, but we were more than happy to take free purple converse shoes. We actually had a debate on low tops vs high tops, and I think we all agree low-tops are the best kind. We have a little tradition, purple shoe friday, so bonus points if you were able to spot all the interns with purple shoes on Fridays.
Free bagels, ice cream and snacks.
Throughout the internship, our bosses often surprised us with bagels in the mornings, and a bunch of other snacks throughout the day. We also got popsicles and ice cream to keep us cool when it got hotter. Amongst ourselves, we also brought donuts, cup-cakes, pretzels, and gummy bears for everyone to enjoy!
All of us interns loved dogs, and this summer we’re grateful for the opportunities we’ve gotten to pet dogs. Sachmo, our beloved assistant dean of Admissions Micheal Hawkins’ dog was our most regular visitor; Shadow, our women's soccer coach’s dog was also a regular visitor. A couple of our visitors would also bring dogs on their visits and we appreciated petting them.
Outings and gatherings.
With energy levels often going down from staying out all day, we planned multiple refresher events. Jess--another tour guide--took us to flayvors in her car (Libby). She was also kind enough to drive me to Scoop at the Silos when my name was nominated to get free ice cream. One thing about me, ice-cream plus my lactose intolerance will be the end of me. Besides ice cream trips, we went to restaurants in town to get food. We hosted a small gathering (accompanied with music and cake) for ourselves and our friends, played beach volleyball, hosted tangerine peeling competitions, game nights, and movie nights and many more!
Our bosses in the admissions office also took us to have meals in town, which was not only a nice chance to break from Val food, but it was also a nice opportunity to get to know our bosses and colleagues.
We started this job on zoom, and by the second day I was rethinking my decision. Let’s be honest, it would’ve been terrible to be on zoom for eight hours a day. When we transitioned in-person, it all changed! So, with that, despite the banality, I’ll name it: the real win was the friends we made along the way! I think we had a good chemistry as tour guides, and we related in a way that transcended us to bestie status! Hence the bestie shouts you’ll hear when we’re referring to each other. Among us, we’ve made some pretty cool--and close friends and I can’t wait to hang with everybody else in the school year!
Welp! This continuation would be my last blog post, and the end of this job I’ve held for the past ten weeks of my summer!
Aug 13, 2021