I need to take a moment to express how grateful I am for the work I am doing this summer.
When it seemed as if I had gotten screwed over by The Man and my summer job opportunity had fallen through, my friend Liz (@artemisretreats) helped connect me to a job opportunity at her place of work.
I am grateful to have friends like Liz, and even more grateful for the opportunity this connection has provided me.
I am working for HOPE, or Health Outreach, Promotion & Education. I am working with New Student Orientation and connecting with students and their parents, and I am also working on a few other projects and focus groups. The work itself is amazing, and I sort of wish I had discovered Public Health during my undergrad. HOPE really makes a difference at my University, and it’s so nice to be a part of it.
You know what else is nice? Having a healthy work environment.
I spent a few years working for a marketing group. (Yet another oddball job for an English major!) My boss had us working out of his garage, which he had converted into a furnished office, but it was still a garage. The entire office was made up of college interns (cheap, legal labor) and we were given impossible tasks with impossible time frames to finish them in. Our tasks were also changed without us knowing so it was a tad difficult to get things accomplished.
Basically, I’m used to working in a shitty environment and being on edge all the time.
At HOPE, everyone is kind. They are understanding, and grateful for your presence. Impossible tasks are not given, and there are no impossible expectations. Everyone is sweet, intelligent, and motivated.
I also no longer have stomach ulcers from going to work.
Work has become my nirvana, and this is such a weird, delightful feeling.
I suspect this is my dog’s nirvana. Work is mine.