Greetings to the DUFH community from the City of Roses--Portland, Oregon.
Like many of my teammates, I've fled the great state of North Carolina for the balmy summer months and traversed a few (or 2,848 miles, give or take) to a state where the people are incredibly kind, the grass is incredibly green, and 70 degree weather is considered hot. A few months ago, I was unfathomably fortunate to learn that I was selected to a summer internship program at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. Today, I can't believe the internship is coming to a close soon--it has been an invaluable experience, truly a blessing and a privilege to absorb company practices, learn how to establish a professional presence and also be a part of such a globally impactful and recognizable company.
Every day at work serves as a simple reminder that the values that our Duke Field Hockey family teaches are applicable far beyond Jack Katz Stadium and the NCAA. We learn accountability and we practice that. We learn honesty and we preach that. We learn how to be a selfless member of a team and we learn how to be a part of something much larger than ourselves. These things allow myself and my teammates to form a powerful force, a competitive and professional group, capable of immeasurable possibilities. Whether I'm putting on my goalkeeping pads or zipping up a dress and putting on some pumps for a day at the office, I'm reminded how important and equally applicable the lessons we learn on the field and in the locker room are--in so many other places--and that there's no difference between being a good teammate at Duke and being a good teammate in the workplace (expect my co-workers and I don't lift weights together in the West Campus training room...)
As things wind down out West for me, I'm upset to leave but absolutely invigorated to get back to my on-campus job--a Duke athlete. My teammates have been doing incredible things across the globe this summer, and I'm sure the wealth of knowledge we've gathered as a unit will make us an even greater and more well rounded team and family.