Anyone who has ever met me knows that I am loud, energetic, and sometimes just a little bit crazy. The running joke among my family and friends has always been that I could probably hold a conversation with a wall. What most people don’t know is that I tend to get extremely shy, nervous, and anxious when meeting new people or beginning a new chapter in my life.
Well, the days leading up to my orientation at Indium Corporation were no different. I was texting every person I knew, telling them how nervous and worried I was that “the other kids wouldn’t like me.” Everyone said the same thing to me: “Don’t worry; you’ll be fine. You’ll do amazing things there, and they won’t know what hit them when you arrive.”
The first day came and the nerves and anxiety were running through me. Admittedly, I didn’t read the email from HR carefully, particularly the address part, because I had been there previously and thought I knew where I was going. I was an old pro! I got this! Nothing could stop me now!
Well, it turns out that even old pros should double-check the address. I arrived at the old HQ (now a production facility) and security told me that the internship program was at another building. It was at the address that HR had sent me…imagine that! On the drive from Robinson Road to Woods Park Drive, I could not stop making fun of myself for showing up to the wrong location on the first day of an internship that I was already beyond nervous for, and, now, I was going to be late for orientation! Well, at least I could just sneak in the back and no one would even notice. Wrong again! I was placed right in the front of the group for everyone to see me when I arrived.
Even though all of this happened, I can truly say that I have never worked in a place where I have enjoyed coming in every morning, excited to see the people I work with and to learn something new that will help further my career. While it was off to a rocky start, I do believe that this is going to be a great summer!
Until the next time friend,