So as I said yesterday, my parents don't want me to use an airplane. I absolutely did not want to ride with them in a car for four days. Well, a compromise was reached, and instead of leaving on an airplane at 7:09 AM in a week, I'll be leaving on an Amtrak train at 4:50 PM next Wednesday. Less security mayhem, and I don't have to spend four days in a car with my parents. I do have to spend two and a half days in a train with total strangers and sleeping in a chair, but that's preferable to me...
Also, from my interview yesterday, I'm certain I'm hired. I was interviewed by the head of the department, the man in charge of the hiring decision; he told me, at the end of it, that I was exactly what he was looking for and he hopes to see me back. There's no official word yet, of course (that's scheduled for Monday), but I'd say my odds are good.
There goes my last day of work. I've handed my badge in, taken back my keyboard and mouse (I didn't like the ones I was issued and they were out of spare better keyboards. played a last few games of Halo 2 with my boss, and said my goodbyes. I've collected a "Windows" duffel bag, a "Core Engineering- Tools Division" jacket (a really nice jacket), and a general set of adapters to connect popular cell phones to a USB port for charging purposes. (No cell phone I own, unfortunately.) I gave two presentations (one of which I wasn't expecting to do).
My supervisor's supervisor told me that the work I did has laid the groundwork for the team's primary push for the next six months, and I had it much more complete and ready much sooner than they expected. Specifications documents I wrote will become direct policy for over 275 people. My supervisor's supervisor's supervisor told me that I am exactly what he is looking for in an employee and he wants to hire me... and he is the man who makes the final decision on hiring.
I finished my project. I'll miss the people, but I don't feel like I've left things incomplete- things are at a logical stopping point for the next people to pick them up.
The door shut behind me, but I don't think the end of this internship was really the last anything... I proved that I can do a very effective job working and living in almost the real world, and I'd say I'm ready. I'm going to graduate college first, of course, but I know now that I'm really ready and I can really do this- and every indication is that I've got a job all lined up, too.