As I approach the end of my first month as a community service officer (COSMO), it’s time to close chapters and look forward. I used to hear ex-Bara interns talking about this place that had put them through so much with such fondness. I still think there’s an element of legitimate Stockholm Syndrome there but some wonderful friendships were formed that I am unlikely to forget:
The strangest things become fond memories when the whole experience is completely bonkers. To those new to Bara Snapshots: this is my solid attempt at reflection, trying to make sense of my tumultuous (oddly magical) years as an intern through a series of jumbled snapshots.
This front line thing is heavy. If I could do it again, I’d enlist a therapist from day one. It’s like a front row seat to a slow motion fall.
We all start as relatively normal people with initially very normal reactions to decidedly abnormal stuff. Here, I try to map those changes through a series of snapshots to try make sense of it all.