This week was my last with the American Red Cross. It was really bittersweet. I’ve learned so much, grown as a person and professionally, and had a lot of changes in my life during my almost two and a half years there. I have honestly really enjoyed my job there, 60+ hour workweeks, 3 hour one-way drives to get to a site, last-minute schedule changes and all. I learned more about blood and blood collections, managing people and crises, and really about myself, than I ever thought possible. My confidence has grown – a lot. My tolerance for bs has been greatly reduced. 😛
I’ve worked with some amazing people, people that I’m going to miss with all my heart. I’m going to miss the amazing donors who give their time, their energy, and of course literally their blood. Overall it’s been a great experience, minus all political maneuvering and drama that goes on in the office/regulation crap. I feel like I made a difference in people’s lives, however small. I’m kind of sad to leave that behind, even though I’m excited about what I’m going to be doing.
Goodbye to all the friends I made there, it’s been great!