New Quest: Interning and Misophonia

Hey! It’s been a long time, but I finally have the time to sit down and talk about a few things that have been going on. All school related.

I started my last semester of college on Jan. 17, and things have gotten a little more hectic. Part of my graduation requirement–as a Criminal Justice major–is to complete an internship. I have gotten as much info as I could this week at my local district attorney’s office, and am awaiting a call back. I hate playing the waiting game but am eagerly awaiting the call.

I decided that I’m going to talk about my experience as an intern there. I’m confident I’ll be able to intern and gain new experience in the legal area. What I’m worried about is my misophonia. Hence the title of this blog post: New quest. It’s a quest–and a mighty long one–because it’s something new. It will challenge me, and I will gain lots of experience.

Before choosing to intern at the DA, I was going to go with something more familiar. I wanted to intern at my local Catholic Charities. They’re people with the same faith as me and, I imagine, will be easy to talk to. I other words, I wanted a place that wouldn’t demand too much from me. It wasn’t until my boyfriend and I were talking about it that I changed my mind. He had said that I should branch out and go with something new, especially if that new thing was something I wanted to do in the future. I realized how right he was. I also realized that the main thing holding me back was my misophonia. I was afraid of how I’d be able to handle a work environment, especially in a place like the DA. I imagine people are highly professional there, and must keep their professional appearance up at all times. When I went to turn in my information, the ladies I talked to were helpful and professional. I felt that I could believe them when they said they’d get back to me. I didn’t think of it at the time, but I want to portray the same appearance as well. Yes, I have misophonia, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be professional and believable. It just means I have to work harder. When I last volunteered–as a court appointed special advocate–the coordinator said I was highly dedicated and helpful, and that he’d miss having me around. I can use that as an advantage as an intern at the DA.

Long story short: don’t let misophonia keep you where you’re comfortable. Branch out. You never know what opportunities you can find, and you just might find a new coping technique. A new environment promotes new ways of thinking. We have to adapt, and that will make us stronger.

I’ll make sure to be back with a new update as soon as possible. See you soon!

Comments

  1. Chris says:

    It’s not at all eloquent but all I can say is “you go girl”!!!!! And… hang onto that bf of yours too!
    God bless you Sharon.

    1. Thank you so much!

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