Intern Journal-Emily

JULY 16, 2014


Dear Future Interns,

You may be wondering what really to expect when you come to Squam for the summer. I want you to be prepared to live in a house of eight people, who you will simultaneously love and want to injure on some occasions for eating your food. Be prepared for hours cleaning composting toilets that sometimes malfunction or overflow, leaving you sweaty, dirty, and tired. Always bring your bathing suit with you for occasions like this. Be prepared to be scared camping alone for your first time and frustrated when you realize the scary noise making you sweat was actually a squirrel on Moon Island. Many challenges will arise, it will seem as if everything is going wrong. That is because it is. This job is challenging, but by the end of the summer you will have everything down pat. If something happening does not make sense, I would assume it is a test- don't worry, you won't fail. Scuba diving is both fun and tiring, you need to pack a hearty lunch for the day, then some snacks, then a second lunch, and some money to buy some more food just in case. You will see variable milfoil long after you are done pulling it... in your dreams, in the 4th of July fireworks, or randomly as you are driving through the lake. It never leaves you. Be prepared for late nights talking with your friends, star gazing, and watching old movies. Know that there are many ice cream resources in the area and you do not have to take advantage of them all. Although, you probably will, and it will be worth it. Be prepared for beautiful sunsets after a tiring day, early morning swims, and delicious food from friendly campers. Be ready for exhilarating sailing adventures at a moments notice, abundant puppies to play with, and lazy days spent reading. You will fall in love with Squam, there is no doubt in that. Remember, you are very lucky to have this opportunity, even if you are not coming home with pockets of money. Instead, you will easily have one of the best summers of your life.

Best Wishes!

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