Just over a month ago, I closed the doors to my dorm room one last time. The heavy thud of the door was comparable to the weight of my heart as I realized that my time at SHAD Dalhousie had come to a close. Today I experienced the same weight upon my chest as the doors to VanCity slid shut behind me one last time. But doors aren’t always a bad thing, in fact every single door I’ve opened at VanCity this summer has revealed caring people, incredible opportunities, and beautiful experiences.
Although being able to evaluate and assist in the design of VanCity’s online human resources system and internship programs has been a joy in itself, the wonderful mentors who helped me through this month have been the real highlight. From random birthday celebrations interrupting long hours of typing reports to stern talks telling me to take a break from designing an entire internship program, my mentors have been everything I could ask for and more.
Aside from my usual day of researching other financial institutes’ human resources systems and compiling my findings into a report, I also had the pleasure of working with 4 other SHAD interns at VanCity, together we designed a completely new VanCity internship program for underprivileged youth. Despite being one of the most time consuming projects I’ve ever encountered, the early morning laughs and late night jokes made the lack of sleep well worth it.
Despite all the things I’ve done these past few months, the people I’ve met are what made everything incredible. So whether I met you at a dorm in Halifax, Nova Scotia or a corporate building in Vancouver, British Columbia, I’d like to thank everyone I met this summer for making these two months absolutely life changing. Oh, and to all the SHADs of 2015, congratulations, we did it.