I firmly believe that people can learn from their mistakes, that others probably can too, and that there usually is something positive out of those mistakes. With that being said, to give some advice to all interns, that no one has asked for yet, I would say it’s so important to make the most of the internship you have. I’m sure that advice is so vague, and has been repeated so many times already. To be clear, for me, this involves asking questions, finishing more than the bare minimum, reaching out to other employees in the company that you may not directly work with, and continuously having the drive to learn more. It doesn’t matter if it’s learning more about the company, the industry, a specific role, or even just about another person’s hobbies.
All of this comes from the mess-up I did in not reaching out more often for feedback on my presentation. By not doing so, I redid the majority of the formatting of my presentation way more than I probably should have. Of course, I haven’t presented yet, but the presentation has finally come together and worked itself out in the end. With this internship so far, I wish I took my own advice. It has been such a wonderful experience so far, but of course, if I walked into the internship with this mindset, I feel like I would have accomplished so much more than what they expected of me and closer to my own limits.
While this internship has mostly changed my perception of the healthcare industry, I have gotten a chance to reflect on my group identities of race/ethnicity and gender throughout the internship experience. While there is continuous efforts towards equality of all forms in the workplace, I do notice that I have become the minority in some situations within the corporate environment. At work, and to my surprise, even at some company events this past week, I have noticed that it has been becoming less so. So… here’s to hoping that things will change for even better, more accepting, and more diverse in the future! After all, people are the foundation of every team, company, and idea. Cheesy.
Aside from that, I met up with my friend/mentor to go to Governor’s Island this past weekend after having some lovely Thai food. There are quite a few things to do on the island, such as bike-riding, and taking a tour of the castle, which I did. The views from the island are absolutely fantastic (see featured) and so was the ferry ride that was about 30-seconds long. My friend and I ended up walking in circles until we found the hammocks we were originally looking for. I pulled out my book to fool myself about being productive and my downloaded Netflix movie to watch. Despite the makeshift shade from an umbrella, the sun was beaming down on us. More advice: please don’t go when it is extremely hot and not cloudy or you will get a terrible headache. There’s definitely no shortage of things to do in NY… 10/10 would go again, when it’s 70 degrees.