As I sit here pondering, what to write my last blog post about, I really have no clue. I could write about my amazing experiences seeing endangered species, the groundbreaking research with conservation that goes on here, or even the amazing people I have encountered. But I feel like that doesn’t do any of it justice, people need to see how I talk, my reactions, and my enthusiasm to really understand my admiration and urge to come back to SCBI someday. I hope the welcome mat is always out for me.
Honestly, when I was selected for this internship I was a little worried. I have had the most amazing bosses in my past work experiences. From my grandparents and parents being my first (and I think toughest…?) employers at their greenhouse/nursery agribusiness, all the way to my college employment working as a restaurant mixologist and Science in Motion lab preparer. My supervisor, Laura and Sue (my unofficial supervisor) have been MORE then wonderful. I wish I could write something to do them justice, for all they do with FONZ and SCBI, but I just can’t. They are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met in my life and I know I will see them both again. There is this award called “The Golden Gnome,” which goes to a FONZ employee who goes above and beyond, without being recognized for it. Well after my 3 months here, FONZ at SCBI would not function without these two lovely ladies. SO if it were up to me they would get an entire yard of gnomes. Also to Laura’s next intern, get used to Pitbull, Zumba, and Froyo, you can’t have an awesome experience without them.
To all the people I met along the way; the dorm family, vehicle and carpenters shops’, SCBI staff, NZP police, FONZ staff, interns, keepers, and our Frisbee team, I doubt I’ll ever meet anyone that will measure up to this new SCBI family and I don’t think I want to try. The memories, experience, and knowledge I have gained here will help me in whatever I choose to do and I know all of these people will support me along the way.
Currently, I am having these strange feeling about leaving, my life this past year has been a whirlwind, with so many highs and so few lows. I don’t want to go but I know I have to… If it weren’t for the support I got from my family, friends, Juniata, and scholarship foundations I know I wouldn’t be here, so THANK YOU again!
They always say the grass is greener on the other side, well I don’t know about that, I made my grass pretty green. I’m loving life and it’s loving me back.