Epic is in Science Expo for a Reason

It’s been 28 days, 12 hours, and 51 minutes, and 32 seconds since I started my journey with Science Expo. Just kidding, I have no idea how many seconds it’s been. Still, this month with Science Expo has been one of a lifetime.
I was first introduced into the internship by my friend (and sort of boss now) Tina, who encouraged me to try out the internship. At first, I was a bit sceptical. I’ll admit, I was a little scared about the interviews too. I had no idea if I had the qualifications to be working with Science Expo and I really didn’t know what to expect. I walked into my interview, clutching a notebook (my mom said that I should take it, but I had no idea why). I saw Susie and Hillary, and instantly, I felt relaxed. For some reason, this interview felt comfortable. After talking to Susie and Hillary, I felt like I was talking to them as friends. They let me feel at ease and confident to say what I wanted.
It’s been like that for this entire month. I’ve laughed, joked, supported, been supported by the entire team during our meetings. Sure, we had work to do, but being a part of Science Expo really made you feel like you had a monumental contribution to the entire project. That you were a part of the team. The family.
Science Expo has a quality of intimacy and camaraderie that I’ve never seen in any other organization. We worked towards the same goals, helped each other, debated, and discussed our projects with each other. I feel now that I’m not afraid to talk to them like any of my other close friends, and I haven’t even met most of the team.
At the same time, Science Expo has helped me develop in a way that school could never do. I learned what it means to be a part of a team, working not because you want good marks, but because you have the same vision. I felt myself adjusting to the initiative that you need to take in order to do your part. In school, we’ve had teachers constantly remind us what to do, plan out the curriculum, PLUS our parents at home reminding us. Taking a step away from that is liberating, but at the same time reminds you that in the real world, you’re the only one who will be responsible for your responsibilities.
Science Expo has given me a whole new family and given me a new perspective of life and responsibilities that I wouldn’t normally be able to experience in high school, or even university. It’s been a great month, and I have to thank my fellow team members and the crazy Tina Tang who dragged me out on this ride. I’m looking forwards to what next month will hold, and although I feel like it can’t get any wilder than it is now, I know it will.