I became an anxious mess days before I started my new internship.
Would the job be hard? Would the people be nice? Would I have a good time? I didn’t know; and at that time, I really didn’t want to. But be as it may, I am not one to chicken out. So I just complained about my anxiety, knowing I would go anyway.
When my alarm went off, so did my anxiety. I felt so ill but I knew, I had to go. So I got up and got ready. I tried on all the outfits I had laid out in my head, and I did not like any of them. Typically. Why should things go right? I decided to go with a basic outfit just so I wouldn’t stand out any more than I would anyway; being the new one and all.
I drove to the office, entered the building and took the elevator to the 6th floor. Little did I know that I would soon face my first obstacle:
A closed door.
This may sound ridiculous but standing in front of a closed door with no possible way of getting in can be very stressful. Especially when all you want to do is get inside and get it over with. So there I was, wearing clothes that I did not like, on an office floor that I did not know, in front of a door that would not open. If I would have been less anxious, I might have found the situation amusing; but I didn’t.
I waited for about 15 minutes until another person exited the elevator and walked towards the door I was standing in front of. “Hi, can I help you?” No, I always stand in front of random doors, thank you very much. I smiled, said yes and the guy opened the door. Finally! I awkwardly waddled in behind him and he brought me over to one of my new colleagues.
Little did I know that she would be one of my favourite people to get distracted with. One of my favourite people to gossip with. And overall just one of the best people in the office.
She showed me around and helped me with all the organizational matters. I got my computer and made myself familiar with some of the processes and most of the office team. An then I was a free elve.
The whole week flew by like so and I quickly realized that all my anxiety had been unnecessary.
I like the office, I like the people and I am excited for what is yet to come.
We got off to a good start.