So, the time has finally come to pack my bags, say farewell and drive back to Texas. As I mentioned earlier, I am sad to leave. However, I am thankful for what I have learned during my time at KU and I am excited for what the future has in store.
Monday of week 8, Leslie and I put together the final touches of our projects as interns.
Tuesday Leslie and I met with Barbara to review our project work. After our meeting, we had a pleasant lunch (at the delicious Impromptu Café on campus—I can’t get enough of the made from scratch bread they serve!) with the Director of KU Dining Services, Nona Golledge, and the director of Residential Dining, Sheryl Kidwell. This was an enjoyable lunch, as Leslie and I had one last opportunity to share with and learn from the some very knowledgeable individuals.
Wednesday we drove to Kansas City and enjoyed one last tour for our internship. KU Dining Services has their very one coffee concept called Pulse and they use coffee beans from a local roaster in Kansas City called The Roasterie—and this is where we toured on Wednesday. It was fun to see the passion for coffee that the employees had at The Roasterie. ALSO, on Wednesday I was able to give a presentation to the full time staff about Adverse Food Reactions (including both food allergies and food intolerance while focusing on some specific diseases such as Celiac Disease and PKU). I was really excited about this opportunity because it allowed me to share about food and nutrition, which I am very passionate about, and it helped me to practice and polish my public speaking skills.
Thursday was our last time to see Barbara (I think I felt a tear roll down my face even as I type this out). Barbara was a fantastic director of our internship, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to meet her. Leslie and I had our separate evaluations with Barbara and then we said our goodbyes.
Friday was left open to pack up and leave—which included a 9.5 hour drive for me.