When I first heard that the HarborCenter was interested in bringing in interns for its inaugural season, I knew that if I had a chance to be a part of that it would be an opportunity that wouldn’t be easy to pass up.

The first time I worked there was for the IIHF tournament – one of the biggest events to take place at the venue thus far – featuring teams from countries all around the world. I saw teams from Russia, Canada and Finland and all the cultural diversity reminded me of my time in Italy where I experienced things like this on a daily basis.

My first shift didn’t require anything too challenging; I was charged with opening the penalty box for one game and ushering another but I was still a little bit nervous. I had to ask one of my fellow interns how to open the penalty box so I didn’t look foolish when it was time to open it and even then I had anxiety that I was going to screw that up. What was cool about the experience was that I was able to come home with a souvenir game puck from it given to me be a gentleman working in the box next to me – something that’ll sit on my shelf next to the African charms given to me by a street merchant in Florence.

I guess what excites me the most about this opportunity is the fact that I’m not really sure what to expect. This is the first year it’s open and it seems like everybody (including me) will be getting their feet wet in the ways of how things work as the youth tournaments start to pick up. For that reason I’m not entirely sure how many people I’ll meet and what they have to teach me. I think it makes sense because I’m still in search of what it is I truly want to do with my life. These two things combined might call for a perfect fit, but either way I’m excited for what I’ll get in the coming months.