Reflection: Week One

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The first week at Meals On Wheels was jam-packed with new information. From staff introductions to learning about all the projects the interns will complete, the time flew by. This is also my first experience with a ‘real’ job; working a 40+ hour week is certainly different than school or the restaurant industry to say the least.

While I can tell that this internship is going to be hard work, I am so excited to be working with the 8 other interns. They are an incredible group of women from all over the country, and I know we will learn much from each other. I see the potential for lifelong friends & can’t wait to watch our relationships grow.

This week, Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County has amazed me with their impact. Everyone knows Meals On Wheels for their hot lunch meals, but Tarrant County really goes above and beyond with the HomeMed program, HAIL (Healthy Aging and Independent Living) dietitians, case managers, and so many other services they provide to clients. It cannot be said that the employees and volunteers at Meals On Wheels don’t care about their clients, because they do everything they can to improve a client’s quality of life.

I’m also finding myself very grateful. Grateful for this opportunity, grateful for my stellar education at Montevallo, & grateful that I get to live at home with my family this summer. Not many internships give their interns such big responsibilities, and I am so thankful to not be simply getting coffee and observing. Thursday especially was an eye-opening day that left my head spinning a little. In the morning I went out with an awesome case manager into client homes and saw firsthand the conditions some of them live in. Then after work, we got to attend the “High Heels and Hot Meals” gala, which was fancy as all get-out. To see such a stark contrast in the same day really struck a chord with me (& I called my grandma on the way home that night).

From the first week, I can already tell that public health and community nutrition is where my heart is. I still have 1150 supervised practice hours to work in the next 10 months or so & I’ll keep an open mind, but I’m anxious to get out there and show the world how I can help.

One week down, seven more to go!

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