For those of you that don’t know, I spent the majority my summer in Kansas City interning at Merck Animal Health. There, I was placed in their Channel Management Dept. working under Sherri Higgins. I spent my time working with the customer service dept for MAH, analyzing inventory spreadsheets, analyzing and comparing sales pricing and sales goals, and exploring the financial side of an agricultural company in the corporate world. To say that my time at Merck was beneficial is a complete understatement. I couldn’t have asked for better experiences and real world interactions. Sherri is one of the best bosses I have ever worked under, my coworkers were always hard at work and easy to cooperate with, and the company as a whole treated the interns with the same amount of respect as higher leadership. I would reccomend Merck’s Future Talent Program to anyone interested in any fields they offer an internship for.
When not at Merck, I spent my time helping Senator Jerry Moran in his reelection campaign. I was thankful that I was still able to stay on staff, though not being able to work full time. Through working with Moran, I made some of the very best friendships that will last a lifetime. Once again, I have a phenomenal boss to thank for my experience, Robyn is by far the best “mom away from moms” out there.
A very scary part of this summer came the weekend after my 21st birthday, I was on my way back to Kansas City after spending the weekend with the family at the lake. When traveling on I70 through Topeka, my pickup truck was involved in a large crash involving another pickup, a fifth wheel camper, and a boat. I managed to walk away with no life-altering injuries, and a slight concussion. After hearing a highway patrolman tell you: “I’m not sure how you’re even alive. You have your seatbelt and God to thank for that..” Those words don’t leave your head to easily and mile 61 will always be a hard one to pass.
*wear your seatbelt; they really do save lives*
After the wreck, I really had to step back and look at my life and how it, honestly, should have been gone. I had to thank God for watching over me and protecting everyone involved. Not long after, I had a friend tell a story about how she’s grown up with her mom always telling her to “Be Present.” This is something that I’ve really taken to heart since; and worked to live out those two words to the best of my ability.
To me the slogan “Be Present” means: To be at complete peace with where you at in the current moment; To not forget the past; but to live in the present and that will plan the future; It’s putting your phone down and visiting with those around you; It’s taking advantage of relationships with family members before it’s too late; Surrounding yourselves with the people who matter to you and make as many memories with them as you can before you can’t any longer; and to live your life as if it were your last, whether that be spiritually, emotionally, or with those you love.
So here I am, back in Manhattan and totally “living presently.” I want to thank everyone for their prayers, support of everything this summer. I’m truly surrounded by some amazing family, some amazing friends, and an awesome support group.
“Being present requires you to live as if you have nothing to hide, nothing to prove and nothing to lose.”