With fall approaching quickly, friends moving into their new apartments and homes, Canvas alerts starting to roll in, and student organizations kicking into gear for the semester, it did feel like time to return to Michigan. But leaving behind Sweden, its people, and its landscapes was still no easy goodbye.
Fortunately, I booked my departing plane ticket for a few days after my internship had concluded. This was the best decision I could have made, although I didn’t know it at the time. My internship ended on a Friday afternoon. That evening, my supervisor Jess gave my fellow intern and I parting gift bags. They were filled with Midsummer Tea blends, samples of the tea, journals, pencil holders, and other little goodies. It was a lovely surprise and the card was even sweeter.
She told us that she would hire the both of us in an instant if the company were ever to truly take off. She was proud and pleased with the work that we did for Midsummer Tea and she thanked us wholeheartedly for our time, dedication, and creativity. We had a final lunch the next day as a team before the other intern flew home.
I then had a free few days with Jess apart from work to get to know her even better than before. We spent our remaining time bonding, socializing, listening to music, preparing foods, ‘pigsitting’ (it’s a long story), and hosting dinner parties. I am truly grateful for this time with her, and I know with all of my heart that she is a contact for life.