And this is it. 4 weeks later and it’s all over. 4 weeks of social media, CMS and list making, and now its back to being a student. Here we are.
It’s not been what I expected. But then again, what right-minded 21 year old intern would expect to be welcomed so warmly and with so much trust. I certainly didn’t anticipate the crash course in marketing that I’ve been given (though I’m not sure the Boston Matrix and the 7Ps are going to stay in my head). And most of all, I didn’t expect to be leaving with this sense of accomplishment. I didn’t think I’d be leaving and being able to look back on the website or the facebook or the eventbrite and say “I did that. I wrote that”. I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve done a lot. I’ve met a lot of really great people. And I’ve had the best time.
Since I last wrote, I’ve been focusing on the new membership benefits package, the bid for national convention, and sourcing donations for the Gala Dinner. I’ve been sending a lot of emails. A lot. Like, so many. And I have been overwhelmed by the support that JCI gets from the local business community. A lot of the great work we do, be it training, networking or community, we couldn’t really do without their help. Also Google. Google has been a godsend.
The strange thing is, in true “life-changing moment” style, I’m not really leaving. Sure, I’m not going to be a member of JCI Southampton, and I’m not going to be in the Kaplan office looking for local independent restaurants and sourcing JCI flags, but as I said last time I’m still a member. Come September I’ll be with JCI London, and later this month I’ll be going to LEAP for the first time. Come October I’ll be back for the annual Gala Dinner (because after writing about it for 4 weeks solid I couldn’t exactly miss it). If you’re headed to any of these, look out for the girl with a massive grin on her face. That will be me. Please say hi.
So, to anyone who I’ve met while on socials: it was great to meet you, sorry for being a massive nerd. To the guys at Kaplan: thanks for putting up with me, you guys make the best tea. To Celestine: thanks for taking the chance on me, I hope I’ve made you proud. To my parents: yes I’m sorry I’m coming home now.
It’s been a dream JCI Southampton. I’ll see you soon.
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