Man, oh, man, what a semester this has been. Just three short days before Christmas last year, I was sitting with my childhood friends at our very first happy hour as 21-year-olds when I looked down at my email and saw this lovely message:
I could hardly believe it. I have wanted to work for the SF Giants for as long as I can remember. I would sit next to my sister at summer games, sigh, and say, I’m going to work here one day.
The fact that I was able to do just this during my final semester of college could not have been any more perfect. It is crazy how speaking things into existence truly, truly works.
I don’t think I really knew what to expect initially when accepting the job. All I knew was that I was passionate about the Junior Giants, its mission, and I appreciated that the values of the organization deeply aligned with my values as a person. That is all we can ask for, right?
I think the first lesson I learned was to be patient with myself– to understand that it is okay that I am not picking up things the first time I do it (like working in Excel, for example!) This was a really hard one for me, since in most instances in my life I have been the one who learns something first and teaches others–this is just what I have done since I was a little girl. So, jumping into an environment where I am the only new person was definitely something out of my comfort zone.
But, what is that one cliche quote that everyone puts on their Insta captions? Life begins outside your comfort zone? Yeah, that one. I think they might actually be right.
Speaking of stepping outside of my comfort zone, I have greatly surprised myself these last four months. Never, never, ever in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would give a speech in front of a crowd of a thousand alongside my favorite baseball player of all time. I still can’t believe that happened, and that it did not go terribly wrong. I will give it up to a higher power for that one.
It has not been a walk in the park at all, don’t get me wrong. I have had to sacrifice many things in order to fulfill this dream of mine– a social life, hours of sleep, being ahead on homework, Netflix. I have greatly challenged myself being a full-time student and working nearly 40 hours a week during my final semester.
Butttttt, by doing so, I have learned a lot.
I have learned how to push myself.
I have learned how to ask more questions.
I have learned how to be more confident, to go with my gut, to make executive decisions.
I have learned how to successfully not buy groceries by perfectly planning out when the office birthday lunches and press dining opportunities will be. 😉
Okay, okay, but seriously. Whether I simply transfer a call correctly or give a speech at the Play Ball Lunch without using any notes, all have contributed to where I am now.
Even though my blog will end here, I am excited that my internship is continuing. Thinking about how much I have accomplished in the four months I have been here, I can only imagine what I can accomplish in the next five. Stay tuned.