Today was Day One…
and counting of ‘ze internship. I started in the Seattle-ish based offices of World Vision today doing the meet & greet, saw the contract, and my terms of reference (TOR, aka: what I will be doing for my internship). Tomorrow I join the team for a lunch meeting at Olive Garden. This is the life. As I entered the building I just giggled silently, thinking: THIS IS WORLD VISION. I MEAN, COME ON! WORLD VISION. I HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN WORKING HERE FOR YEARS AND NOW, HERE I AM, CLIMBING WORLD VISION’S STAIRS!
It was a fantastic feeling. And a good day. My brain is worn out and I think I will dream about non-governmental organizational structure, and bureaucracy, and money raising, and literature reviews. When I started my first job at Dairy Queen I dreamt for the first few nights about making blizzards. It was a frightening moment but I’ve since learned that it happens everytime you start a new job. Not the dreams about blizzards but just dreaming about all the new information and work and doing it correctly.
I learned that the Ladies’ Bathroom is always pretty full. I learned that lunch rooms can be fantastic on the inside and have balconies with great views. I learned that riding the bus in Seattle is similar to riding one in New Orleans. I recalled numerous things I learned in my public health education, especially thing’s from Nathan Morrow’s class. Dr. Morrow was my best World Vision contact helping me find this internship. I learned that international internships basically never happen at World Vision and yet somehow, I was blessed to not only receive one but to receive one that is paid. But for the grace of God has a whole new meaning now.
My co-workers were surprised to learn that I had a masters’ education already. Somehow they were misguided to think that I only had a biology undergraduate education. Luckily, they were happily surprised instead of rudely disappointed. This is why I am a glass half empty sort of girl. When it’s half empty there is more room to fill. Life can always get better than it is right now. Perceptions can always be a lower standard than the real wonderful thing.
We plan to buy my plane ticket tomorrow, so now it looks like I might leave on July 11th instead of today like originally planned. I am okay with this, God has parceled out just enough patience to tide me over.
Until tomorrow dear friends…