Jon reflects on starting OLIP

The first week of my OLIP experience has required a great deal of change from former routines as a student. The jeans and t-shirts have been traded in for suits and ties, the ability to roam free in the corridors of academia have been replaced with high level passes and security guards, and the tests will no longer be written in classrooms, but will be ongoing in each task that we are required to perform. However, I can say for certain that the continuing process of learning, both of ourselves and of the world in which we live, will continue … only in a much different setting.

This first week provided brief glimpses at what the next ten months have in store for the 2009-2010 OLIP interns. Our days will be filled with meetings, running our own committees to ensure the future of the program, and most importantly working for the MPP’s whom we will be interviewing in a few short weeks. One of the questions I think most interns ask themselves when arriving at Queen’s Park is whether, “I can really do this?” For me personally, it wasn’t until Friday that I could answer this question with a definite “Yes”. At our regular weekly meeting, I discovered that the shock of change from student to intern is definitely lessened by the great administrative team that provides us with the support, feedback, and encouragement that I can only imagine will push us through the more difficult times of the year. In addition, I can already tell that the other interns will be a great resource (both as peers and friends), this in turn will make the tasks and responsibilities a little easier to excel at. To all of the interns … I am looking forward to sharing this experience with all of you, and I cannot wait to see what is just around the corner for all of us.

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