Hi Ken, thank you for replying back. I went through the post again to figure out if I’d added something unintentionally. We are definitely on the same page now. Again, yes, the fellow could’ve been intimidated by anybody at a higher work experience level — black, white, Asian, Hispanic. It was just the whole crying scene and telling my boss and the apparent “fear” (according to that boss) that she had that made me wonder why she let me go through her entire fellowship and never bother to tell me what happened. I was inviting this girl everywhere, so it wasn’t like I didn’t make myself available.

But on a similar note, in her mind, it really could’ve just been a matter of feeling overwhelmed by the editing assignment. I got the entire message about her from the same boss (who you called a “douchebag” and I do not disagree). When the fellow came back to the office one time after graduation, I was so pissed that I just got up and went to a conference room to quietly work. I did not come back out of that conference room until long after she’d left — on purpose because I felt betrayed. In retrospect, maybe I should have asked to speak to her and get her actual side of the story instead of the boss. It is what it is at this point.

Anyway, thank you for reading.

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