As you may know, I a public affairs intern with the Peace Corps at their regional Boston office. And today, I finalized that my last day is going to be May 1st, which means I only have 4 more days in the office (I only work Mondays and Fridays, but next Monday is Patriot’s Day here in the fine state of Massachusetts.) And I’m kind of upset about that. Everyone I’ve met in the Peace Corps, whether Peace Corps employees, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, or current PC Volunteers, are unfailingly caring and supportive. PC employees and volunteers, especially those who work in my regional office, instill hope that I can make a difference because they have changed the world during their service abroad, and continue to do so everyday with their work in the Peace Corps. I’m not sure I could ever make it as a Peace Corps volunteer. (I’m a wimp when it comes to extreme climate, strange food, and being far away from my mom.) But I certainly hope that I have helped at least one person decide to join during my time at the Peace Corps since October.
The Peace Corps also gave me a mentor. She’s Joanna, and she used to be my boss before she had the world’s cutest baby girl and decided to stay home with her full time. Her courage to put her family before her career is only one aspect of her that I hope to mirror. She gets to the office early and stays late. She’s detail-oriented, enthusiastic about her work, a terrific writer, very organized, and an engaging conversationalist. Her kindness and love for others comes through in every word she speaks, writes, and often texts. It was working with Joanna that solidified my idea that, “Yeah, communications is what I want to do with my life.” I have a few personal heroes that share some of these characteristics with Joanna (my mom in particular), but it was seeing how all these qualities came together to make a great communicator that gave me that extra push to feel that I could do this. Working in PR suits me, my personality, my skills. And I don’t have to sacrifice my creativity and desire to help others to be successful in this field- it’ll only help me.
Though my last day at PC is approaching and I know I’ll miss it, I feel like I’m leaving with skills, confidence, and enthusiasm for whatever lies ahead. I just hope that I helped others during my time as a Public Affairs Intern with the Peace Corps as much as the Peace Corps helped me. But I guess that’s what the Peace Corps is all about, isn’t it?