Over the first few months of my fellowship I have been overwhelmed with welcoming gestures. It wasn’t until a tiny hamburger sticker came my way that I actually stopped to think about it…
The first day of a position normally starts with an introduction to your work space and people you will be working with, and I did get those introductions…along with introductions to every single person in the Salem DLCD office. Patty Snow, the director of the Oregon Coastal Program personally introduced me to every person in the office and showed me all of the good spots! I was blown away that a program director would take the time out of her busy day just to show a fellow around (seriously! She does a tone. If you don’t believe me take a look at her desk!). Andy Lanier, my mentor and the Marine Affairs Coordinator for the Coastal Program , then sat down with me during my first week and straight out asked me “what do you want from this fellowship?” He explained it was his goal to make sure I get the experience that I was hoping for.
My desk is right near some of the Geo spacial Team desks. All of the “GIS” people as I like to call them. ell the GIS people all have wooden letters symbolizing the first letter of their names hanging on the front of their work space. I was truly touched when Cy, the Geo spacial team leader (from what I understand) also got me one of these letters! I have never felt so welcomed into a work space.
It really shows that small gestures go a long way.
I’ve thought long and hard about how I want to use this blog space and I’ve decided photos are much more fun than words. So instead of describing all of my experiences, here are some photos from them!