Yesterday, I sat in on a meeting for two BRT lanes that will be implemented along the Ashland and Western corridors. In attendance were a bunch of people from agencies all over the city. Near the end, when the formal presentations were finished and discussions were winding to an end, I made a comment. Yes, a lowly, data entry, know-nothing intern spoke up! My comment was promptly ignored and the discussion continued without acknowledgement of my comment. *Cue sad trombone*
But I wasn't going to give up! I had a question! And I asked this question! And it was answered, but the other people in the meeting began talking over the answer because evidently it's not important to know the answer to a question asked by an intern. Duly noted.
I left the meeting, completely discouraged. Changing careers sucks! Just when I was at a point in my last job where people respected and heeded my opinion and suggestions, I was knocked back down to intern status.
Then today, out of the blue, my boss says, "Thanks for speaking up yesterday! It's unusual for interns to speak up, but I'm glad you did. You had some important things to say, that needed to be said."
YES! Score one for the intern.