Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed colleges, and random guy that reads the blogs: it is with great sadness that I am writing my “goodbye blog”. We knew this day was coming, but we’re all still not prepared for it. As the great Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

My name is Sean, and this is my story:

I didn’t need to take an internship, I did it just for fun. This fall is my last semester at Niagara University as I’m finishing my MBA in marketing. I wasn’t looking for an internship, I just came across an Indeed posting for Red Door and decided it was a great resume builder in my spare time. 4 months later, here we are. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

So, what made life so much fun here at Red Door? The answer is obviously the people. Such a great cast of characters. It’s not every day that you get asked what kind of fun colored socks you’re wearing – wait – yes, it is. I even wrote a blog about the history of my fun socks. You’ve raked leaves I’m sure, but not too many get a broom and dustpan, and then a shovel to get rid of the leaf buildup out front. I’m not going to sit here and bore you with how much fun I had making lists in Excel, or how I mastered the art of addressing postcards. I’m going to tell you that Wednesday Field Trips were a highlight of mine, especially any trip that took us to Tim Hortons. I’m also not going to bore you with the details about what I posted on Facebook – rather I’m going to tell you that I had a blast meeting the lovely Aunt Debbie.

So, what did I learn from this internship with the greatest collection of people in the world? The answer isn’t so easy. I’m reminded of something the great Mr. Feeny of Boy Meets World once said: “Education is not about obscure facts and little test scores. Education is about the overall affects of years of slow absorption. Concepts, philosophies, approaches to problem solving. The whole process is so grand and all-encompassing”. This quote is my favorite to live by because we are always learning and are always able to take away things from our experiences to help us grow and become better individuals.

I leave you now with one final quote from author, Chuck Palahniuk: “The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” This internship wasn’t going to last forever, it had an expiring clock on it from the time I first set foot in this office but what WILL last forever is the memories and the friendships I have built.

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