May 6, 2008

What is a good goodbye?

Today was the last day of my internship. I said "see you later" to my co-workers, friends, and students. I have been there since August and put in over 600 hours. They tossed me in the first day, bright and early at 7:30 am signing students up for tutoring times and then helping with class schedules. I never looked back. It has been amazing, truly one of the best experiences of my formal education!

The rest of this week will be filled with goodbyes. I'm not ready for them. I want to run the other direction. I have been in school, in some capacity, for such a long time. It is hard to imagine not being a student. Now, I have to say goodbye to so many people that have helped me get to where I am today.

My professors... I had some good, some bad, and a handful of really great ones! In their own way, they all taught me something. Patience, determination, leadership, integrity, to believe in myself, and yes, even conflict resolution. I will miss their guidance, wisdom and friendship.

My friends... In the short 2 years of my graduate program, I have met some phenomenal people that I am honored to call my friend. I hope to keep in touch with many of them, however it is hard to say what life will bring, and the paths we will all take.

My co-workers... I have worked in 2 different offices the last 2 years and have become very attached. Today I said "see you later to my internship", Thursday I will say goodbye to those at my graduate assistantship. These people have truly shaped my professional, and personal self.

My students... I had a great case load of students. I have encouraged them, been there for them and ultimately, watched them growth over the last year. Each of them had their own story, their own unique path. They have taught me so much.

I'm not much of a goodbye person. It seems too permanent, and make me tear up. "See you later" works, but later makes me feel like there was something left unsaid. Right now, I almost feel like I don't have time for emotions, so a quick "see you later" is all I have been able to get out. I'm running from one event, one goodbye to another, and haven't had time to process. I'm feeling overwhelmed.

How do you say goodbye? What does a good goodbye look like for you?


  1. I tend to put goodbyes off until I don't have to do them. It's just too much usually!!

  2. A nice smile, some personalized time, even if it's just a sentence, and a quick see you soon. I hate long, drawn out goodbyes.

  3. i just wanted to say hi and thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to reading more. H

  4. I just get through them quickly so I don't cry. I process later...

    And thank you so much, by the way, for the beautiful gift. I love it. You could seriously make those. Your handwriting is just as beautiful as the writing on the ... whatever you call it ... picture, placque, I dunno. You almost made ME cry. {=^D

  5. I'm a letter-writer. I like to get out all my thoughts that way. It really depends on the situation though.