To compile a list of the things I’ve learned in my time at VTS would be a near-impossible task; it’s been an incredibly informative two months. A list of the things I’ve learned about learning is more manageable, and more helpful:
- How to publish a book. However lengthy and frustrating a process you may have thought it to be, trust me—it’s worse.
- How to create a website. It’s possible, even for the technologically faint of heart.
- How to write a blog post. There’s a learning curve, but I’m on my way.
- How to learn everything there is to know about a tiny corner of the universe. And consolidate it into two concise pages.
- How to make a to-do list thirty items long. Without tearing all of my hair out.
- How to prepare for a meeting. After one meeting without any questions to ask or a pad to write on, I had to have a serious talk with myself.
- How to memorize an entire seminary’s worth of phone extensions. If you work at VTS, you may not know me, but I know you.
- How to resist the pile of candy that’s been sitting five inches away from my face for the past four days. Again, learning curve.
More importantly, though, I learned about people, and about myself:
- How to find peace in the work that I’m doing. Publishing a book may be a lengthy, frustrating process, but it’s enormously satisfying and surprisingly cathartic.
- How to take compliments from the most unexpected places.
- That sometimes it’s more important to learn about someone’s troubles than it is to learn about what can be done about installing security cameras.
- That making a to-do list, while daunting, is enormously satisfying.
- That I love meetings. The opportunity to sit down and learn what people are good at is both educational and inspiring.
- That staffing a welcome center is a juggling act. But it’s worth it for all the smiling faces and the new acquaintances.
- That, sometimes, it’s okay to eat a root beer barrel or two. Because they’re my favorite.
Editor’s note: We are currently grieving the impending departure of our fantastic summer intern, Isabella. She’s been working with us and with the Very Rev. Ian Markham, our dean. For her final blog post, we asked Isabella to reflect on what she’s learned with us.
Isabella has helped revitalize our presence on Pinterest. Oh yeah, and she launched our Podcast Study Guides program. And edited two books for Dean Markham.
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