It is with mixed emotions that I am finally saying goodbye to being the Colombia intern. I am so excited to learn about what else is out there, but I have become so comfortable and in love with Colombian adoption. It's going to be hard to leave. Luckily, Beth and Angie are both on the service trip to Colombia this week, so I don't have any tasks piling up, which makes it physically easier to leave, but emotionally I really am going to miss working with the whole intercountry team. When I started this internship, I had NO idea what to expect. I didn't know much about adoption to begin with, and I knew even little about Colombia especially Colombian adoption. Now, I feel educated on so much regarding the whole process, and I feel like my spanish has gotten a teeeeeennnyy, tiiinnnyyy, eeeensy, weeenssyy bit better. Thank you so much to everyone I've worked with; from Beth giving me my weekly list of to-dos and answering my numerous questions to Suzanne and Camille helping me figure out the oh-so-frustrating copy machine, I am so greatful for all of you, and I hope you know how much I appreciate you and admire the work y'all do for this wonderful place. I have learned so much from this experience and this organization as a whole, and I promise to carry everything I have learned here with me in my future. Gladney truly has captured my heart <3.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Today I walked into my cubicle--my second one--I have been in two cubicles this semester--in between International and Marketing--and low and behold there was a present on my desk. Now, I should tell you about me--I have been told stoic is a good adjective for myself. I do not become emotional easily. Actually--hardley ever. I found myself close to tears several times, starting with that present today.
I have interned both semester for Gladney--as a student obtaining a BSW from UTA--that meant 240 hours per semester--one Spring and one Summer for me. This has been a stressful, fun and memorable ride for me. I believe that most important reason is because I, too, was a Gladney Birth Mother. It was nine years ago, but I remember the first time walking back in to the doors, and just completely busting out into tears--thankfully, I had this wonderful woman (who is still with Gladney) talk to me and completely make me feel better.
There are so many stories--ones from the amazing Tea machine that we got in the commons--all the FOOD!--that was catered (or in the commons)--and let's be honest here people, I ate and ate and ate--and no doubtedly gained the "Gladney 15" that Whitney (Youzva) had warned me about....to the fact that I swear my computer was either possessed or was in the Gladney Black Hole (granted Judy's computer is too) in the middle of the upstairs cubicles, I literally wanted to pick it up, and oh um maybe, accidentally drop it a time or two--thankfully Ryan and Nancy stopped me before that mishap happened!
This experience has shown me a whole other world from what I am used too. There are so many people here that I owe thanks to:
Nancy Ann Judy
Jessica Mandy Deborah
Emily Mary Katye
Natalie Heather Camille
Lindsay Janice Beth
Heidi Sherri Kerri
I know that I am forgetting people and please just know that I am just at a point where I have come to a realization that this is coming to an end and I am overcome with those (eh hem) emotions so forgive me if your name is not on that list.
Gladney is a place for people to gain many insights on what it will be like for all three clients that Gladney serves. There is an endless need for Interns and hopefully, this Intern, will maybe get a job (wink wink to the powers that be)!