Hello! This is going to be a blog of my experiences as an intern at Mindful Body & Soul, where I'm working over the summer.
To start off, I’m Liz Hannigan, an easy-going and rather disorganized seventeen-year-old from Phoenixville, Pa, who likes cartoons, cats, and traveling. I’m attending Renaissance Academy and will be apart of the graduating class of 2016, that is if I can meet RA’s graduation requirements, which include a 40 hour senior project.
The RA Senior Project Commencement Program is set up so that a student picks a problem in their community to address and help solve. For my Senior Project, I chose the topic of mental illness, a part of life that we’re all prone to and most likely will experience, and one that has affected me greatly.
Specifically, I’ve noticed that teenagers and young adults are prone to anxiety and depression. Whether it’s stress, insecurity, or existentialism, it seems like everybody in Gen Z and their dog is experiencing a crisis, and I’d like to find an answer to our problems.
When the opportunity of interning at a local wellness spa & yoga center opened up for me, I jumped at the chance.
The first time I entered Mindful Body & Soul, I was incredibly anxious. My first thoughts were on the summer before me--what I had yet to do, what ways I was going to help--whether I’d be any help. I was meeting with founder Christina DiArcangelo Puller before my junior year came to close to see if it would be a snug fit.
The atmosphere was very open and clean, but at the same time felt very warm. It was a nice contrast, all earthy brown tones and clear white. Christina's incredibly kind and down-to-earth, and not difficult to talk to, despite being very business moded. Despite all of that, it didn't do much to quell my anxiety: I'm jumpy by nature, and the thought of completing forty hours within a summer seemed daunting.
Thinking about it, that feels odd. Forty hours of school doesn't mean much, forty hours at a job doesn't seem like much either. I'm not predjudiced against work if there's an palpable goal in sight, so I think it's because I wasn't sure what I was expected to do.
I've been like that for as long as I can remember; public speaking has never been hard when I know what I'm talking about, but speaking in front of a bunch of people about an unfamilar topic? Forget it. I hated science projects but loved english ones for the same reason.
I came in again on the sixth of June for a free session of something (I really can't remember the specific name) which felt like a mix between yoga and pilates. It was fun, (I thought the instructor was nice and I met two other people, besides myself and Sarah, who I'll be working with at Mindful) and I left feeling a little bit better, despite the incredible soreness in my biceps after whatever that was.
By the third time I came in, the anxiety dissapeared. I felt like I'd put off beginning the project way too long, and proposed meeting at 12 on a Wednesday, to which Christina agreed. I arrived early and waited out front, watching the employees from another business on their break, plugged my laptop in and tried to still my nerves (persistant little devils). When the clock struck twelve and no one was in sight, I wandered into the back, where Sarah and Christina were.
We went out front again, and began working on an 'instagram tag dictionary', something of an encyclopedia prosperanica to increase productivity on instragram. It wasn't difficult but it was busy, and by the time we left, I felt much better about the 38 hours I had left to finish.