We all have many individual identities (personality, hobbies, etc.) and group identities (race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ability, religious/political affiliations). Please reflect on a part of your identity that you are seeing or feeling in a different light.
I started my first day feeling like my identity was going to be a “temporary employee,” “student,” and “intern.” Knowing that I did not join this department as part of an internship programs, and as the only student in the department for the summer, I was not sure how to feel about this identity. I was a little nervous about and whether it would give me a leg-up in being able to try new things without expectation to do it perfectly or without any questions- or whether it would just make people hesitant to ask me for help on projects and give me a challenge. I have found that since that first day, this identity as an intern has only been beneficial. I feel as though I have gained the respect of my coworkers as if I am a full-time associate, and I am able to join some projects, meetings and environments alongside others. It is also expected that I may have questions and curiosities. Above all, it is not expected that I have everything figured out, and that has made all the difference!