Amy Traub is a chemical health intern at Vinland’s Outpatient Service Center in Minneapolis. She is in the graduate addiction studies program at the University of Minnesota. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has finished all courses except the internship seminar class, which she is taking during her current internship.
Why are you interested in your field of study?
I am interested in this field because I think there are so many misconceptions regarding addiction and mental heath and would like to work to change that. I also feel a sense to do what I can to make a positive difference for people in their lives where I can and to help empower others.
Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
When I came in for my interview I wasn’t sure what to expect. By then end, after talking for a while with Annette and meeting the staff and a few clients, I just had a feeling this was the place for me. I had this feeling because of the holistic view of the clients and the genuine want to help clients better their lives. And I’m happy to say I still feel that way.
What are your goals after graduation?
At this point, my goal is to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and find a job.
What has been one of your most challenging moments in life? How did you overcome that challenge?
I can’t say that I’ve had any extremely challenging moments thus far. A big transition for me was graduating college, leaving Eau Claire, and moving back in with my parents. I just did not feeling like I was doing anything with my life. It was difficult being hours away from my closest friends and feeling less independent. It was hard looking at some of my peers who seemingly had “everything” figured out. I took some time to pull myself out of the mindset that everyone is different and that things would come into place. From this, I found out that my parents are some of the best support I have and that whatever I am feeling or going through, they have had similar experiences. And that’s been a comfort.
How do you relax or de-stress?
One of my favorite ways to de-stress is to go on a drive, but that’s harder to do now that I live in St. Paul. Another way is to get some fresh air or find a quiet place to refocus.
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would you meet and why?
I would like to meet Lena Dunham because she seems to have such a strong voice for what she believes in and uses her creative abilities to bring to light difficult topics and opinions in a way that highlights their complexity. She seems like someone who would be fun to spend time with.
What song best describes your life?
“Give a Little Bit” by the Goo Goo Dolls
What is your favorite season in Minnesota and why?
My favorite season in Minnesota is the fall. I love seeing the leaves change and when the air gets crisp and cool.
If you could meet the President of the U.S. what would be the one question you would ask him?
I would ask him what he will miss the most and least about being president.
What is your favorite hobby or what do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to spend time outside, take pictures and enjoy trying to make things, whether its food or other creative things.