As the old adage goes, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I’ve always remembered this hackneyed phrase because one of my main goals in life is to have a career that allows me to do what I love so that I never get tired of it. Although I plan to go into performing arts, I have always been passionate about all things related to wellness and wellbeing. Having a position in the Office of Wellbeing and Health Promotion on campus allows me to work in a place with a mission to promote something I’m passionate about, both in my own and others’ lives. It’s work that has never actually felt like work.
I started interning in this office at the start of my sophomore year, after applying at the recommendation of my former housefellow and peer, Steph Jackvony ’18. Steph was already working in the office, and we were both members of PEEPS, a group of students who choose to serve as peer health educators on campus. She expressed to me how well she thought I would fit within the office dynamic and told me about all the behind-the-scenes fun that’s involved in running the office. I quickly applied, was offered a position and began learning how the office worked.
In a short span of time, I started noticing how quickly students (Conn and elsewhere) put their own health aside when caring for others. Many of the people I know will bend over backwards for everyone else and forget to make time for themselves or to get enough sleep and make sure they are feeling the best they can. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to implement events and programs that ensured students would think of themselves first, no matter how hard it may seem.
Part of the reason I applied to work in this office was personal. I had just finished my first year, a year filled with major adjustments, coffee-fueled days and irregular eating schedules. While my first year at Conn was nothing short of amazing, I felt I had figured everything out except how to routinely take care of myself. So, I figured working in a place that focused on doing just that would be super beneficial for me in the years to come.
Now in my second year as an intern in this office, I can say that applying was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only have I been able to gain a bunch of transferable skills and improve on time management and group communication, but I’ve become a better advocate for my own wellbeing. Since working in the office, I’ve incorporated meditation into my nightly routine, started going to the gym regularly, improved my eating habits and have made it a goal to make more time for myself daily. Hopefully, I’ll take what I’ve learned and continue improving on it even after I leave Conn. It’s a joy to work in an office with people as committed as you are to fulfilling the same goal. It’s even more of a joy when you can make said goal one of your own, and push toward it with a team.