This week I will wrap up my Internship in Colorado after 10 jam packed weeks. I’ve attended/worked 20 odd orchestra concerts, a black tie gala, and even hiked and ran mountains. My Internship was 6-7 days a week, all day every day. I learned so very much this summer, and I know I will miss at least ten things about Colorado when my plane takes off later this week.
10 Things I Will Miss About Colorado
- Dry weather: The skin on my body pretty much hates this weather, BUT my I have had the best hair days of my life, and acne is practically nonexistent as my oily skin isn’t supercharged by heat and humidity.
- Mountains: It is freakin’ gorgeous up here! I’ve woken up to gorgeous mountain views each and every morning, plus I’ve lived 10 weeks in high humidity.
- Cool weather: I haven’t experienced a temperature over 80 degrees since I arrived! The fact that I am going to over 100 degree Florida weather has not escaped my notice, and I know I will miss these mild temperatures the moment I step off of the plane in Florida.
- Food: I have been absolutely spoiled up here (which my waist line does reflect). Though I have been exercising, I have rarely eaten at my condo due to dinner’s with my supervisor, host families, and restaurant hopping. More on my detox and weight loss plan next week.
- Small town charm: I am in a small town with three stop lights and I couldn’t be happier. Honestly, I enjoy walking or cycling everywhere, and although I will be happy to go home, I will miss the charm of this small town.
- Dogs galore: I will definitely miss the four dogs that reside in my office each week. There is something especially therapeutic about a dog greeting you in the morning and wandering into your office every couple of hours for a little loving. After working here, I feel that more offices should allow owners to bring their pets to work.
- The wildlife: I do enjoy the outdoors, and one of the best things about hiking and living up here is the beautiful animals I get to see each day. Yesterday I watched a fox scourge for food not more than 5 feet away from me! I’ve seen the beauty of bison, the cashmere from goats, and heard stores about moose.
- Hospitality: I have not met with an ounce of hostility since I arrived. Everywhere I go, people are kind, they walk with joy, and have just been so generous that I will not forget this experience.
- New Friends: I have made many new friends in my work colleagues and we have worked so well together as a team. I can honestly say that I have learned from every member of the staff as well as the other interns. Though I may not see many of the people I meet again, I will continue to follow their careers and wish them much success in the future.
- The Mentors: My supervisor is an amazing colleague and I look forward to implementing all that she has taught me. I have learned so much just by working, and I will take all that I have learned back to my second year of my Arts Administration degree. I have also acquired a priceless mentor in the former female board president of the organization. My dinners with her over the course of the summer have taught me more than I ever could have expected.
This will be my last post from Colorado, and though I will miss this place, I have started planning what I will do when I return to Sunny, Hot, Humid Florida!