T-minus two weeks!

Only two more weeks, and I will be living in New York City, ready to start my internship with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) National Outreach team.  Wow.  Now that’s a mouthful, am I right? 🙂

But in all seriousness here, I couldn’t be more excited/nervous/scared/thrilled.  It’s crazy to think that a little over a year ago, I was pining for this very internship.  I had applied, been rejected and disappointed, but remained determined as ever.  I wanted to go to New York City.  I wanted to work with JDRF.  Badly.  So, January rolled around and I sent in my application again.  I received news that I was a Finalist in the Students with Diabetes Internship Program.  I interviewed.  That same day, I received news that JDRF’s National Outreach team in New York City knew that was the one they wanted as their intern.  EXCITEMENT!  I did it!

Over the past few months, I have been through waves of excitement, fear, thankfulness, anxiety, and happiness after receiving that news.  News that meant I would be living in New York City for two months.  By myself.  These emotions seem to take their turn in me, each of them wanting an equal say in how I feel about the summer.  Excited?  Scared?  Thankful?  Anxious?  All of the above.  First and foremost, I am excited and very thankful that I have this opportunity.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to live in such a lively, exciting city; work with a company I have always admired; and above all, learn so much about myself in the process.  But, I am sure this process will be full of challenges, fears, and anxieties that I hope to overcome and learn something about myself in the process of doing so.  After all, diabetes has challenged me, brought out both the best and worst in me, but above all it has taught me a lot about life and about myself.  This summer, I’m sure, will be no different.

So, that is why I started this blog – Amy in the Big Apple – to write down my thoughts, my memories, and what I’m learning this summer, both personally and professionally.  I hope you all enjoy reading it!  (And bonus points to those of you who understand where the reference in my header comes from) 😉

See you in two weeks, New York!