Although my last blog post was directly related to what we were growing in the garden, I want the focus of this post to outline my thoughts on this internship and how it has impacted me.
Before the internship started, I was very nervous. I have not really put myself out there in the past, but I knew this was something I had to do to expand my horizons. As I was slowly becoming immersed into the garden as well as the personalities of the other interns, the negative emotions began to dissipate. It is a very rewarding experience to witness the garden coming together beautifully, as well as creating new memories with the other interns. Although I was hesitant about spending this summer away from family and friends, I do not regret this experience because it has contributed to my personal growth. I am now more social, adventurous, and of course, educated on the art of gardening. Most importantly, the freedom of this internship has allowed me to become extremely independent. But if I’m being honest, one of the hardest parts is not being able to eat my grandmother’s food as often as I used to, and whenever I try to re-create any of her secret recipes, it always ends in disaster (just ask the other interns). On all seriousness, the self-directed nature of this internship has allowed me to improve my personal flaws, and I am very thankful.
Although I am grateful that I took up this opportunity, it has not always been easy. There are days when I get very discouraged, and feel the need to give up. The early mornings, or the hot afternoons are just a few bumps on the road that slightly chipped away at my determination. I feel as if having to rebuild everything in the garden has been the biggest bump so far. It was very hard for me to imagine all of us turning the weed-infested plots into beautiful and fruitful ones, which caused me to become very discouraged many times. But in hindsight, this provided me with a very important life lesson which is: In order to build something extraordinary in your life, you must be committed, determined and prepared for all the highs and the lows. Before the garden became as amazing as it is now, I noticed that us interns were always overwhelmed by the large amounts of work we needed to do, but now we always compliment the garden as well as ourselves for making this happen.
So, as we dive towards the end of the internship, I wanted to document my current feelings of this experience and share them with all of you. I hope my words can motivate anyone taking on a difficult task in their life, just remember to be patient and determined. I also wanted to thank my fellow interns (Maddie, Supriya, Regina, Lauryn and Khwezi) for making this such a fun experience, as well as Doctor Jennings and Cathy Myers for teaching us everything we know about gardening and communication, we really appreciate it!
I hope this post was not too sentimental, so I hope to incorporate some humor into the next one, until then!