The Museum of History supports as many as 20 volunteer interns over the course of a year in a variety of opportunities. Tori Harrigan was chosen for one of this summer’s internships; she is working in the education section as a programs assistant. During her stay, she will be documenting some of her experiences. What better place, she thought, than to start at the very beginning . . .
The night before Day 1 was tough. I had psyched myself up to make everything seem more nerve-wracking than it needed to be, with “worries” such as . . . Where do I park? Should I take a lunch? Is this outfit too casual? Is this one too formal? Are the people I’ll be working with friendly?
I got to the point—after I bombarded myself with relevant, but unnecessary questions—that I had trouble sleeping and just wished that time would move more quickly.
Well, time passed, Day 1 has arrived, and I realize: I don’t know the faces of anyone I’ve corresponded with over the weeks. And, now, as I sit in a room for our group orientation, I feel more clueless than ever before! So, to take my mind off everything else, I begin judging the outfits of other interns—and my outfit is not too casual.
As a speaker steps up to the podium, I cross my fingers, hoping that orientation will not last the whole three hours; now I’m just anxious to meet my supervisor, Emily, and everyone else I’ll be working with!
THREE . . . HOURS . . . LATER—yes, the session did last all three hours—we got out. Luckily, during that time, I had found out Emily was in the room. Now that we’ve met, I no longer feel I’m completely in the dark. Instead, it’s full steam ahead, and I’m about to meet the rest of the office!
Now I have a new worry to wrack my nerves: How am I going to remember everyone’s names?