Justin and Dani’s were the first sparks to fly but they also explain some of their memories of meeting, not just each other, but all the interns that first week. Everyone was coming from different backgrounds and life circumstances. Dani, for example, had learned about the internship from a friend in physical therapy school who put her in touch with Robyn, Internship Coordinator at the time. Justin secured his spot at the very last minute as he was coming from the corporate world and just needed something different, especially after what the world was going through post September 11th. Dubbed “Mr. Business Man,” (actually I just called him that during our phone interview, he really wasn’t called that during internship) Justin reminisced that he knew he had made the right decision at the very first dinner hosted at the BOEC Old Cabin, “All these like-minded people came together and clicked immediately. We had such an amazing group with all sorts of different personalities.”
Both Dani and Justin reflected that the first week of internship training is an incredible opportunity to get to know people on a very deep level and bonds form quickly. Dani admitted that the first week can be a little overwhelming navigating a new environment and forming intimate relationships with everyone coming from different experiences and levels of working with people with disabilities. As the winter days grew longer and Justin and Dani started conducting lessons on the hill together, it brought out a feeling of “I can do this!” There was no expectation to be perfect… The BOEC culture just made everyone comfortable.
They were super impressed with how the internship ran, the curriculum and the leaders, and how everyone worked together to bring out the best in each other. For their story, the experiences of the internship drew out who they were and this accelerated getting to know one another, and essentially falling in love.