What Really Matters

When I returned to my internship on Thursday February 7th, I had already made up mind about my big decision of if I want to stay or go. I talked this decision over with my parents, and my husband. I walked into the office and explained to my coordinator that I don’t want to do this anymore. I am very overwhelmed, and can’t take on this internship as well as work, classes and being pregnant. So… I quit. My coordinator and the organization was completely understanding and let me go. They signed off on the hours that I did complete so I didn’t have to start over. I was very thankful for how understanding the organization was but also very emotional because I didn’t know what to do next. I sobbed walking to the car, praying and pleading with God that He would just help everything to work out.

When I got back home I took off my fancy professional clothes and put on some sweats. Just getting comfy made me feel so much better. I then headed to the campus health center where I previously volunteered in the fall. I talked with my volunteer coordinator about if I could possibly transfer internship sites to FIRE. FIRE stands for fighting ignorance and rape through education. It’s an organization on campus that strives in bringing awareness of sexual violence and sexual assault on campus and in the community. I loved being apart of this organization in the fall. The only reason I quit for the spring was because I got pregnant and didn’t want to take on too much.

My coordinator Danielle was more than happy to have me intern at FIRE. So, I contacted my instructor and was able to switch internship sites to FIRE. I was so incredibly relieved. The process took a few days to finalize, but I was very thankful to be able to intern at an organization I was more comfortable with. Not only did I enjoy the work we were doing at FIRE, but I also loved the flexibility to be able to work from home on days I was sick, or needed to go to my OB appointments. I officially started back at FIRE on Tuesday February 12th, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Taking care of myself and baby is what ultimately mattered, and by switching internship sites I knew I was making the right choice for the two of us.

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