During the first week of my internship I was extremely shy. I was intimidated by my coworkers at PHL17. As I sat silently at my desk, an employee came up to introduce himself. He asked if I had met the entire crew yet, and I replied “briefly.” He told me I should send out a mass email to the entire company explaining who I was and what my goals were for my internship experience. I thanked him for the advice but I honestly was not sure if I was going to do it. I didn’t want to bother everyone while they were working.

Fortunately, I put my doubts aside and sent an introductory email. A few minutes later I had several coworkers stop by my desk to introduce themselves and to learn more about me. I was thrilled! I learned that day that a little effort can go a long way. My advice to anyone starting a new internship is to put your nerves and fears aside before walking in the door on your first day. You can make a great first impression by simply putting on a brave face an introducing yourself to your coworkers before they come to you.

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