Find An Internship That Empowers You, Trust Me, It's Worth It

Find An Internship That Empowers You, Trust Me, It's Worth It

Not every internship empowers, I'm so lucky mine does.

Finding an internship can be a challenge in and of itself. Finding an internship that empowers you, now that's even more of a challenge.

I've held several internships over my college years, and I have loved each and every one of them for different reasons. They have all taught me something applicable to my future career path, and for that, I'm so grateful.

My most recent and current internship with Odyssey, though, has taught me more than I ever could have imagined.

I wake up every morning knowing that each day brings something new and each day is going to be challenging, but I wake up full of excitement to see what that day brings.

Watching the communities I work with go from two articles a month (in a good month) to 12 plus articles a week is so rewarding. Watching their community culture start to form and seeing each community's EIC build confidence is absolutely amazing.

Playing a small part in their future success is more rewarding than anything I could possibly think of.

When I onboard a new Editor-in-Chief for a community, I get so excited because I know firsthand how life-changing it is to be an EIC.

I know firsthand how my Content Strategists (past and present) have inspired me and pushed me to be my best personally and professionally, and I love that as an intern I get to play that same role for others.

I've had the opportunity to relaunch many communities and then watch them succeed from the sidelines as I get a new group of communities to work with and pass my previous communities off to a full-time Content Strategist at Odyssey HQ.

This experience has been nothing short of incredible, and I'm so glad I still have a few months left before graduation so that I can continue to work with these communities to build them up to be the best communities out there.

I live for that moment when my EICs hit that magic 12 number, then again when they hit the real safety zone: 15.

It also helps that I have the best manager ever to help me along the way (shoutout Emma!) to make sure that my communities are heading in the right direction as well as assist me in any bumps that may come up along the way.

I could go on forever about my internship. I love it with all of my heart, but what I'm really trying to say is find an internship that empowers you.

Find an internship that helps you become the best possible version of yourself and brings our your best qualities.

Find an internship that helps you grow, that has an incredible staff willing to help you and that is invested in your success.

Every single staff member at Odyssey has invested in me in some capacity, and I'm so grateful for that. There are hundreds of EICs who are absolutely amazing and could be in my position. I see them day in and day out absolutely rocking it with their teams and crushing their goals.

I'm so grateful that eight months ago HQ gave me this opportunity.

Not every internship empowers, I'm so lucky mine does.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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