Quest Progress: Acquired Internship

Part of my business card.

Hello everyone! It’s time for an update on my interning quest. I got one! Yay! Once this is complete, that’ll be one less graduation requirement I have to worry about. The only thing is, I didn’t get an internship at the place I wanted. But it’s ok! I’m going to be interning with an organization I’ve volunteered at before, so my information is already on file and I can start right away. This is ideal, because with the other place–Victim Witness–they are taking their sweet time to contact me, and I’m on a time limit. This week was my last week to get an internship, so I’m happy I finally got one. Now, I just have to set up a meeting with my professor and wait for an email from the organization saying they’re ready for me.

This organization is called CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. Here’s the official description from the website at my local community:

CASA programs use trained, community volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers follow these children’s cases as they move through the court system, making sure children do not get lost in foster care.

The CASA volunteer researches the case, learns everything about the child’s special situation and presents findings to a court judge on the child’s best interest. CASA helps make sure abused and neglected children are able to live in safe, permanent homes. CASA helps children have the chance to reach their full potential in life.

This is what I did with them before, but it was a little more low-key. By that, I mean I was able to do one case at a time and kind of take my time with it. With the internship, I was told it is a lot more fast paced. I’ll get multiple cases, make more visits, do several reports (as opposed to one), and must meet the deadline for when those reports have to be turned in to my supervisor. So, it’s a lot of work, and a lot of information to remember. Names of children, parents/guardians, supervisors, social workers, CPS workers, and any other person involved in the care of the child(ren). This scared me at first.

It scared me because on top of the internship, I am also taking classes. I also value my personal life. I felt like if I did their internship, I’d be taking on too much and stressing myself out. I was also thinking about how my misophonia would be affected due to stress. Too much stress makes me more sensitive/moody, and my misophonia is also highly affected. I also thought about potentially needing to move my priorities around a little bit in my personal life. However, after sitting on it for a day, I went to the office this morning and told them I’d do it. I was reexamining my school schedule and realized I’d still have time for homework and such on the weekends and during the evening. I would have time for reports during the evening as well, and I figured I can help myself out by taking a notebook with me when I work with the children I’m assigned to, and take notes. That way, when I go back and read them, I’ll remember what happened during my time there. I could also put dates and times, and put down the case name I’m doing currently. I think it will be especially helpful because I’ll be handling a lot of different cases at once.

So now I’m a mixture between scared and excited. I’m going to be doing a lot this semester, and I can’t wait to document it here. I want to show that it is possible to do what you want/need to do despite your misophonia. I can’t reveal too much about what I do because I am sworn to keep a lot of things confidential. I will keep it misophonia related of course, and make an update if something particularly significant happens. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day/evening, and I hope to be write again soon!

Comments

  1. CoachChris says:

    Sharon… I am so proud of you! And equally impressed by you! CASA will look great on your resume. Congratulations! Being scared and excited is normal. You are developing beautifully. You give me hope for my 17 year old Allie who has missed ALL of high school because of Misophonia. She won’t be graduating this year. And she’s sad all her friends will be off to college. We will figure out her plan when she’s ready. There’s always hope. Thank you for sharing. I’m looking forward to your journey!!!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m sorry for Allie, and hope something good comes her way soon. Maybe homeschooling? All the best to you both. ❤️

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