Never Underestimate the Power of a Hand-Written Note

by Hollie Daniels
@hesahollie

As I transitioned out of my NODA Internship I felt overwhelmed by all of the things that I still wanted and/or needed to do and say. Whether it was a simple, "Great job this summer!" or a short encouragram that I wanted to write, I just wanted a little bit more time with the team. (Encouragrams were notes that students and staff could write to each other and drop in the decorated envelopes that hung on a bulletin board in our residence hall – getting notes was one of my favorite parts of the summer, whether they were silly or serious in nature.)

Speaking of notes, I wrote my fair share of thank you notes to my colleagues to show my appreciation to them for making this summer the best one yet. I love the feeling that I get when I receive a note and I was excited to spread that feeling to those that had such a huge effect on my internship experience. I know that I will keep in touch with my students and colleagues for years to come. I will keep up with them via social media and the occasional text message, but I will forever cherish the notes that I received from them.

Now, as I enjoy my week-long “summer” before heading back to Gainesville and the University of Florida for my last year of graduate school *GASP* I am incredibly happy and thankful to have had the opportunity to serve as the NODA Intern at the University of Alabama. I’m beyond excited to share my experiences and help other graduate students that are interested in pursuing an internship – never forget to pay it forward!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy


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