Updated: Mar 11, 2019
My time here at Enders Island has truly been a blessing. When I think of work, I think of a 9 to 5 job sitting at a desk and counting down the minutes till your done. My dad always tells me, “If you feel like you’re going to work in the morning, then you’re are in the wrong job.” I never fully understood this quote till now; the past summers I was fortunate enough to have an amazing internship, but it felt like work. This summer I feel like I am waking up to go to class, because every day it feels like I am learning something new. I was doing a lot of data base work at my last job, but it got tedious at times because of how repetitive it got. At Enders Island, I wake up to the Atlantic Ocean every morning, and walk 45 seconds to my desk to tackle my tasks of the day. The tasks consist of editing my videos that will go onto the website, helping around the office, and maybe a little data base work here and there. I am very fortunate to have an amazing internship that is teaching me a lot, while also helping me learn a lot about myself in the process.
For this blog post I want to focus on a topic that I have touched upon in every post but have never written on yet, and that is the “boys”. This summer I have been to Alaska, New York City, and next week I will be in Las Vegas! So, this summer has been very eventful to say the least. But when I am not doing fun stuff off the Island, I am on the Island with the most “entertaining” boys to say the least. I can honestly say that these guys that the most genuine group of people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. It is normal for people to keep their secrets close, but on the Island everyone can assume what events brought them to the island. This is a recovery residence, which means that these guys have struggled with addiction in the past; but have made the decision to live a sober lifestyle. All the guys have lived different lives, but share the disease known as addiction. I want to make this as clear as possible; these guys are not bad guys, they struggle with a disease and are on the Island taking a proactive step to live a healthy life. I am proud to call these guys friends and outside my group of friends, I have never laughed so much.
I do not see the guys much during the day because I am at work, but sometimes they stop by my desk and chat for a bit. I like all the guys, but I have grown close with a specific 4 guys who have shared a lot about their past with me. It does feel good to have the guys talk to me about important matters and what is weighing on them, because it is really refreshing to see authentic people. I have observed that a lot of people wear “masks” in college, and really show their true personality when they are with their friends. The guys here hold nothing back! They are themselves all the time for better or for worse. Dinner is always fun because the atmosphere at the table changes all the time. It can become a little “hostile” where everyone is making jokes at one another; it can become serious, because one of the guys could be going through some stuff, and the table rallies around them; or it can be a table where everyone tries to one up one another with stories. It is like a college dinner table, everyone sharing a meal with the people they are living with.
The guys have made my time on the Island very memorable. When I go to the store I always get snacks to put in my room, so the guys can chill in my room and play some videogames with me. I am the only person on the Island who has an Xbox and TV in his room, so I have made my room the hangout! We talk, chill, and play Fortnight up in till my room hits 100 degrees because I do not have AC in my room. I believe the boys enjoy my company on the Island, and it will be tough to say goodbye to them in August. Until then, I will continue playing dominos with them at 11:00 every night and be the guy they can always talk to!