“It was the first day of my Child Life practicum. I was feeling good. I had just gotten my first hospital I.D. badge and I knew I was going to rock this practicum better than any Child Life student who had existed before me. I had the walk, had the look, had the confidence. The students around me stood no chance.
My new supervisor was a bit dry, and an obvious stickler for the rules. I was determined to impress her, so I hung carefully on her every word. I would lean in further than the other students as she spoke, trying to let her know that I was going to be her new star pupil.
In the middle of her orientation with us she got an emergency page. ‘Follow me,’ she demanded. We all scuffled like baby ducklings to keep up with her. She continued explaining the ins and outs of the hospital. Desperately trying to catch every word on the way to our first emergency, I concentrated my gaze on her as we walked, and my lean stayed studiously attentive. Well….apparently my attention to detail was so keen that I didn’t see a crash cart directly in front of me and BAM! I ran right into it! Not bumped into it, ran into it. I don’t know what bruised harder, my hip or my ego.
Everyone stopped walking, a few students gasped in horror. I winced, but swallowed the tears. I looked up at the supervisor I was trying so hard to impress and she stared at me dead in the eye and muttered, ‘Brings a whole new meaning to Crash Cart, huh Ms. Mendivel?’
And with that, she continued walking as I limped behind the others deciding that I’d maybe chill out on the ‘impressing people’ bit for a while.”
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