10 Stages Of Applying For A Summer Internship

10 Stages Of Applying For A Summer Internship

A currently unemployed but hopeful college student sharing with you their experience in applying for summer internships.
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Ah, spring time. The snow is melting, the flowers are budding, and the realization that you still haven't heard back from multiple employers after sending in about a hundred resumes out begins to set in. There's nothing quite like the stress and anxiety that comes with recognizing that it's almost April, and you have yet to finalize your summer job/internship plans, especially as the questions of "what are you doing this summer" coming from well meaning family members starts to arise. After applying to countless job postings you found online and waiting to find out if those who hold the fate of your summer in their hands will take pity on the unemployed college student sitting behind their computer, hitting refresh on their emails every two minutes seems almost endless, and the stress is only amplified by the looming threat of finals that are just around the corner. While I'm sitting here figuring out how I can use my extensive knowledge of Parks and Recreation and attempting to perfect my inner Leslie Knope in hopes that it will help land me the perfect summer job, here are what I have discovered to be the top 10 stages that come with applying for a summer internship as told by an unemployed college student.


1.) After hours of endlessly scrolling through forty-five pages of job searches, one pops up out of the woodwork that seems like it could have been made just for you.

2.) When you fill out the resume and hit send, you feel like you can juts sit back and wait for the offers to start pouring in.


3.) When three weeks have gone by and you have yet to hear back from any of the places you applied to, you try your best to stay as calm as possible even though it doesn't seem to work.


4.) When you finally get an email back from one of the countless places you applied to, but it's just a very polite message telling you that you did not in fact get the internship, and that they have decided to "go a different route".


5.) Days pass without any word, and start feeling like Ross after drinking all of the margaritas: convincing everyone you're fine when in reality, you are a large ball of stress and anxiety on the verge of a breakdown at any moment.


6.) Going home for Spring Break and having to sit through family members and friends asking you what your summer plans are, and if you have heard any news on the job front.


7.) Checking social media and seeing that the guy who sits four desks away from you in your lecture makes a post about how grateful they are for the internship opportunity they just found out they received and trying to contain the rage building inside of you.



8.) Coming to terms with the fact that your status as an unemployed person will never change and figuring out how many dogs your parents will let you adopt, since you're probably never leaving their house.


9.) After months of torture, you finally hear back from an employer and find out you got the job!


10.) Finally, getting ready to impress your new boss and all of your co-workers like the responsible adult that you are.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.
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When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
Cover Image Credit: Sara Donnelli Photography

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Odyssey, From A Creator's Point Of View

Writing for Odyssey is transitioning from the outside looking in, to the inside looking a million ways at once.

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It's 11:59 p.m. and I have two articles due tomorrow afternoon: two articles that are basically figments of my imagination at this point. When I was asked to write for Odyssey, I was ecstatic. I was a devout reader in high school and found every post so #relatable. During my short time as a "creator" for Odyssey, I've experienced what it's like to be on the other side of the articles.

Every post is not #relatable. This is a platform for anyone and everyone. I chose the articles I wanted to click on and read them, deemed them relatable, and clicked share. I, along with Odyssey's 700,000 something followers, did not go through and read every single article.

Being a creator has shown me that everyone has a voice, and by God, they're going to use it (rightfully so).

It can be disheartening at times to get what we think is a low number of page views when there are articles we don't necessarily agree with getting hundreds of Facebook shares. I don't crank out journalistic gold by any means, but being a writer isn't a walk in the park. It's stressful at times and even disappointing. Odyssey creators aren't paid, and even though it's liberating to be able to write about whatever our hearts desire, I'll be the first to admit that my life is just not that interesting.

When I first started writing for Odyssey, I vowed to never post anything basic like some things I have read in the past. If I'm going to dedicate the time it takes to write for a national platform, I'm going to publish things worth reading.

That vow is basically out the window now.

Simply stated, it's easy to write about things that are easy to write about. It's kind of like calling a Hail Mary play when it's the night before an article is due and there's been a topic in the back of your mind for days that you don't think is that great, but you think people might read. You just throw it out there and hope for the best. Being a creator gives you inside access to knowing what people are reading, what's popular, and what's working for other creators. Odyssey's demographic is not as diverse as it could or should be, so it's not hard to pick out something that the high school girl you once were will find relatable. Recently went through a breakup? Write about it. Watched a new show on Netflix? Write about it. When there's nothing holding you back, you have the freedom to literally put whatever you want online.

It's not easy coming out of your freshman year of college, one of the hardest years for any person, and being expected to whip up articles that everyone will love. Not everyone is going to love what I write. Heck, not everyone is going to like what I write. The First Amendment is a blessing and a curse. Not everyone is going to agree with you, and that's okay.

The beauty of Odyssey is that it highlights the fact that everyone DOES have a voice, and whether that voice coincides with your religious, political, or personal views isn't up to you.

You have the power to pick and choose what you want to read, relate to, and share. Remember that you have no way of knowing what every single person on the planet is going through and what they choose to write about reflects their own personal opinions, experiences, accomplishments, and hardships. Odyssey creators can spend weeks crafting articles they hope will break the Internet, but in return only get a few views. They can also pull all-nighters grasping at straws just trying to reach the minimum word requirement and end up writing the best thing since sliced bread.

I guess what I'm getting at here is that even though there are posts out there that are so easy for us to relate to, that's not always the goal for writers. We write what we feel, and if there's nothing to write about, we write what we think other people feel. The kicker is that we don't truly know what other people are feeling. You might hurt someone's feelings with your words. You might make someone cry with your story because they felt like they were alone and finally, finally, someone else feels the same way. You might trigger someone and get hateful comments. You might even change someone's life with your words.

The moral of the story is that words are pretty powerful, whether we choose to believe it or not.

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