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An Ode Farewell

“Our memories of yesterday will last a lifetime. We’ll take the best, forget the rest, and someday will find that these are the best of times.”

The first of SAP’s Marketing Interns began rolling out, so I want to say a few words as farewell. We may all have come from different places and at different times to SAP, but we have become one collective group that the full-time employees call “the interns”, and we in turn “family”. We were individually apprehensive of what lay ahead, but together we grew our confidence and were able to accomplish unreachable feats. Together, we learned the ropes of SAP, hurdled through real-time challenges faced in the business world, and created a bond that will last a lifetime.

There is so much that I got out of my internship with you all, but here are my top three:

  1. I learned to be a better team member and coworker. In this day and age, one may encounter a great deal of people who are all about the “me” factor; they want nothing more than to one-up everyone around them and work towards their personal gain. However, I’ve found that to be successful in what I do and to become a better me, I would first have to listen to and learn how to work with you. By working with you all, I learned from your mistakes and you helped me correct mine. I learned when to keep quiet and listen and when to voice my thoughts and opinions – because if I listen to you, you’ll listen to me in return. When working with others, it’s important to remember that we’re all in the same boat, and we’re much better off steadily rowing together than struggling alone.

  2. Don’t be afraid to keep these connections even after we leave. We met at SAP, but that doesn’t mean our friendship has to end at SAP. I know far too well the feeling of meeting someone, making a great connection, and then leaving it at the door of wherever we met them. But it is safe to say that’s not the case with my fellow interns. The bond that I made with you was pretty strong that it was weird not to hangout or chat after work. Two have already left, but it seems like they’re still here because of how connected we were and will continue to be.

  3. I learned how to love my work and be a true business professional. “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Though this saying is something I’ve heard countless times, I’ve always had by doubts that I would find a job that I could relate this to. However, coming into SAP, I’ve found just that. The interns, along with the full-time employees, helped to create a work environment that was both enjoyable and challenging. As interns, I felt that we contributed to this positive environment by bringing forward fresh and creative millennial mindsets. This allowed us to spark ideas amongst ourselves and in collaboration with the leadership teams. Through these interactions, I was able to gain the knowledge to enrich myself and in return, become a better business professional.

I just want to say that each and every one of you has touched my heart and has helped me grow personally and professionally. It was a pure blessing to work amongst you and I can say this proudly that we made a positive impact at SAP. Best of luck with your future endeavors, and I do hope our paths cross again in the future.

We are the SAP Interns and we Run Simple.

Photo Credits: (left to right) Jacqueline Halpin, Aaron Schiela, Stephanie Hendricks, Nidhi Shah, Jenna Monid, Kathryn Reagan, Megan Herrschaft, Zoe Shute, Shalom Ikhena, Elizabeth Heberling-Yang, and Annmarie Idichandy

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