Today was the first day of internship for a lot of the TWC interns. Some start tomorrow (Tuesday).
Something that really stuck out at me today was that despite the general busyness of the city, people are quite nice. Whether I'm grabbing a latte, or standing on the metro, people always chat me up. One time it was flirtatious, okay, you'll get that wherever you go. The majority of the time, though, it was simply people being nice to a stranger, and making the day a little more bearable. It's funny how much a smile can improve someone's day. The day just started out well, and grew better and better.
When I arrived at my internship site (which I had scoped out over the weekend), I was still about half an hour early and so I sat in the lobby and chatted with the Security Guard, who told me a great deal about her niece. She's a lovely woman, and we had a fascinating conversation about her family. I was surprised, again, because she shared so much with a complete stranger, but I will definitely accept blessings in all forms! A while later, my supervisor found me and we went upstairs to our floor. There she spent the day introducing me to the company, giving a lot of valuable background information, and then later introduced me to some of the office staff. Because of various events that are going on right now, the office was a little empty. I was promised that it would pick back up at the end of the month.
An exciting moment was when IT came by my office to set up my computer station. I had a moment where I had to squash down the excitement. (Semi private) Office?! Computer?! SECURITY BADGE!?
And then came the best part: I have an official Special Olympics headquarters email address.
Laugh if you will, I think it's really neat.
As far as "actual work," I didn't have much to do. Mostly it was more of an informal Special Olympics 101 crash course. Overall, it was a great day. I'm looking forward to this summer!