Last night was great. Aimee, Jennifer, and I walked around Long Island City and had a blast. It was a great way to end our week together.
It’s my last day at the office and I am starting to get very sad. I have grown close to so many people and have learned so much from all of them, both professionally and socially.
Today I took my last morning commute to the Financial District and 26 Broadway. It was not an exciting commute, but I witnessed a moment in time that was surreal. I was sitting on my second train and looking out the subway window across from me. I could see my reflection, the train next to us, and the people on the subway platform behind that train. In the midst of all of it I could see the signs on the side of the subway that say the trains stops or destinations. It kind of reminded me of life: something is always happening, someone is always waiting, and we have to be mindful of all of it.
I walked into the office today feeling great. It was sad though, realizing it will be my last time saying good morning to the IT team. Around 11:45, Ivan came over to my desk and said do you know how to work the thing in the conference room? And I said yeah, pretty much. And he said, you broke it yesterday with your video. And I sort of knew something fishy was going on at this point. Then he took me downstairs and we went to a totally different conference room. As we walked in, the guys sort of half-said SURPRISE! It was really sweet. They handed me a card and had chips and munchkins and soda for me. It was really nice. Then, Alim said some kind words about how I made noise in JDRF in a positive way and that I really made a splash. They liked the shoutout that I gave them yesterday. Then we had some side conversations and I found out that one of the guys in Client Services is from New Jersey and his mom lives in Holiday City! I was like no way, my grandma lives there! It was really really nice. Then Joon said some nice things about me helping him and other stuff. They all gave me great feedback about the video from yesterday, that they learned a lot. One of the guys told the person ordering food to order anything and everything, because he learned that people with diabetes can eat whatever they want. That was really good and felt good too. I’ve realized that interning with JDRF forced me to push my boundaries, step outside of my comfort zone, and really put myself out there. I am so proud of myself. I made my voice heard here at the JDRF National office.
Ina emailed me today and asked if she could possibly use the video I made for onboarding and such things. I told her yes of course! That was exactly my goal, to be able to teach the employees of JDRF something about the disease. I am so happy and so proud of myself. You can go so far if you put your mind to what you want to do.
I said goodbye to Jennifer today which was very very sad. It was almost weird, I have been spending so much time with her these past two months and it is crazy to think I really won’t see her for a while. But I plan on seeing her again. Maybe a reunion in New York when she works for JDRF? I think so. 🙂 She is an amazing girl and I know she is going to go far in life. I had lunch with Aimee which was good as always. I am leaving early today and Aimee is going to come hang out with me for a few fours before I go back to Queens for dinner with my aunt and uncle! I am not looking forward to saying goodbye to Aimee either. Diabetes has this ability to form bonds between people. It is indescribable because there is some sort of automatic connection at all times because the person next to you ACTUALLY understands what you are going through. That feeling is simply amazing. It’s a feeling that you never want to let go of.
My time here at JDRF has been enlightening, enriching, and life-changing. I have learned so much. The IT team was wonderful in every way. I really give these guys so much credit for what they do everyday. They certainly are the unsung heroes of JDRF. But I am glad that I was placed with them. Although I was skeptical about it, it worked well. So thankful for everything and everyone. Really grateful for this experience. I will cherish what I have learned and experienced here at 26 Broadway for the rest of my life.
Not exactly sure what the future holds. But that is okay. I just know that I will carry what I have learned at JDRF with me wherever I go. JDRF has and always will be a major part of my life, that is never ever going to change.
Diabetes is a journey. Interning with JDRF is a part of my journey.
Signing off for the last time,
– the intern with diabetes
P.S. Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.