That's A Wrap!
Aaaaaaaaaand just like that, that’s a wrap on my time at the Public Health Department! I’ve been so busy these last few weeks putting together and then presenting all sorts of PowerPoints and materials for all the projects I’ve been working on this summer. I’ve been juggling a variety projects and assignments from pretty much day one though, so I can’t imagine wrapping up my last few weeks any other way! It’s especially rewarding when I get to see the plans the department has moving forward and how much I’ve been able to contribute to those plans. I can’t believe how quickly the summer flew by and reflecting back on everything, I am truly grateful for this experience. I got interested in Public Health progressively over the years as I made my way through research at more formal labs and my various coursework to complete my neuroscience major at St. Lawrence; but, I had no real experience with public health itself. This internship not only exposed me to some of the projects and services that the public health department is involved in, but it also provided me an opportunity to explore the wide variety of opportunities that are available should I chose to continue in this field.
I’m not sure I would have had a real exposure to public health if it hadn’t been for the SLU PIC program, since internships with non-profits have not always been appealing to me for financial reasons (as a college undergrad). This internship has confirmed that I find work in public health appealing—which is good since I’m heading off to graduate school at a school of public health in a few weeks (haha!). I think it will take some time in my program there to really pinpoint what area and in what capacity I’d like to get involved in. I’m currently still debating between getting directly involved in the public health system and getting involved in a more private capacity that coordinates/overlaps with public health systems. This being my second internship and one of a long list of summer jobs, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that it’s okay to not have all the answers. At this point in my life everything is all a part of a learning curve, and my work at the Public Health Department is just another step in my career path.
On top of enjoying my time at the Public Health Department, I enjoyed getting to see a different side of the place I’ve called home for all of my life. It’s amazing how much I take certain things for granted and how much I didn’t know about the community. All in all, this summer has been amazing. I’ve always loved the North Country, and I loved attending St. Lawrence, so it was fun getting to spend some extra quality time here while doing career-affirming work before I head off to graduate school and my new home away from home. I can’t believe it has come to an end so quickly! Nevertheless, I’m ready to join the St. Lawrence family in Boston to keep making my mark in the world and take that next step forward! Thanks for following along this summer!