Destination: Tampa

Two weeks ago I received an offer to complete my child life internship at Tampa General Hospital. Out of the 20+ applications I sent out across Canada and the USA, I received two interviews, and two offers.

Over the last two weeks I have struggled to accept my offer – not to the child life team, but to myself. I have wanted this my entire life but was struggling with the idea of moving so far away from my family, friends, and boyfriend, that I briefly lost sight of the excitement. I became sad, and I let my fear of the unknown overshadow my joy. After spending an unnecessary amount of time worrying and being nervous, I decided (with a gentle nudge) that it is time to stop sulking and embrace this amazing thing that is happening to me.

I decided to finally tell my friends and the rest of my family about the news, and I have received nothing but positivity and support. I am so happy.

“Child Life Specialist” has been my only answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up?” since I was 8 years old. I was told time and time again not to be too upset if I didn’t get an internship right away. Not only were they difficult to come by, but being an independent intern would make things a lot more difficult – which it did. The process of finding a hospital that would even accept an independent intern was difficult enough. It took perseverance, determination, a lot of phone calls, and lots and lots of lists, but I did it.

After reflecting on the process, I decided there was no way I could possibly pass this opportunity up. It’s going to be scary, it’s going to be a huge change, but it is going to be an amazing experience and I know I am going to learn so much about myself and what it takes forΒ meΒ to be a great child life specialist.

Tampa, here I come.

9 thoughts on “Destination: Tampa

  1. Wow! God is so cool. I just started my internship today, and reading your post comforted me so much!! I’m very homesick, and you just gave me the confidence that I need!! So excited for you as well!! Florida is a dream place to live!! Also, you have a powerful story! God will use that testimony in amazing ways!!

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      1. I am on Baton Rouge, LA! Yes girl, it was great!! You have such a passion and will go far in this field. Happy we found each other, so we can help each other out!! My dream is actually to move to Tampa area lol, and tonight I was having a rough night from being away from home! So it’s so amazing that you came across my blog and all this happened!! I’m just blown away!

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      2. That’s awesome πŸ™‚ you’ll have to let me know how that goes. Happy we found each other also! It’s tough being far away from home – I’ll be super far in a couple months! We will have to stay in touch πŸ™‚


  2. Hi Alexx! Your story is certainly one for the books! I’m currently researching hospitals to apply to and Tampa General is on my list. I haven’t been able to find any info about their internship on their website and I was wondering if I need to contact them or if I’m just missing something on their website. Do you happen to remember? Thanks in advance πŸ™‚


    1. Hi Erin, thanks for the message. I can’t recall if they have much information on their website regarding internship opportunities specifically. I’d say that it would be worth contacting them directly to check what the requirements are for their site!


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