By Rhea Hayes/ECHO Goodbyes are too hard, so I'm not going to say it. Graphic Communications Intern Rhea Hayes here, and t...

I'll be back, ECHO

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By Rhea Hayes/ECHO



Goodbyes are too hard, so I'm not going to say it.

Graphic Communications Intern Rhea Hayes here, and today is my last day as an ECHO Intern. It's hard to believe that this semester long internship is already at its final day, it seems like just yesterday I was interviewing!

I've gotten to learn so much throughout this semester, but I learned a lot more than I had seen coming back when I started in August. This was my first ever "big-kid" internship and I was driven and ready to take on the world...or at least the Lake.

When I sat down across from my now supervisor Abbe, the first question she asked me was "So, what do you know about ECHO?"

Cue the embarrassed blushing.

I knew ECHO was a lake aquarium, I knew it was right on Lake Champlain, I knew they had fish and turtles inside, and I knew there was a gift shop involved. Word to the wise: do your research before you interview!!! I didn't know much else, but luckily her response was something along the lines of, "Well if you get the internship you will definitely learn."

And let me tell you how correct she was.

Sitting in that interview, nervous as anything, back in August I didn't think I'd walk out knowing that Lake Champlain hasn't always been freshwater and that 13,000 years ago it was known at the Champlain Sea. I didn't think I'd become (slightly) obsessed with a snapping turtle named Homer, who truly acts like a puppy. I didn't care much about the migration of monarch butterflies, until I chatted with volunteer Rachel one day and got to see dozens of pictures. I also didn't even give much consideration to how lake animals are brought in to ECHO and taken care of, until I got to go take pictures of the baby turtles. I swear they looked like those cute little toys on the shelves of dollar stores.

I applied for this internship to gain experience with social media, multimedia, and working in a professional setting. Not only was I able to make several fun videos for ECHO and basically launch their SnapChat presence, but I got to learn so much more about the lake that I've lived on for the past two and a half years. Looking back on it now I'm not sure how I've lived in Burlington since 2013 having known little to nothing about Lake Champlain. Now I'm "that friend" that spews out random fun facts about the Lake whenever it comes up in conversation.

So I just want to say thank you - thank you to Abbe and Jesse for being awesome supervisors, the staff and volunteers for being super friendly to me and answering my questions, for ECHO itself for teaching me so so many things, and for all the people who followed my progress on SnapChat and liked my posts on Facebook and Instagram. I couldn't be more grateful for the experience I got during my internship here and for the wonderful people I've met.

Like I said, goodbyes aren't a good time. So I'm not going to say it. I'll say see ya later, ECHO. You haven't seen the last of me.




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2 comments:

  1. Snapping turtles' new best friend.

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  2. Big thanks to Rhea and all ECHO Interns for their energy, talent and commitment to ECHO!

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