5 Ways An Internship Teaches More Than Any Traditional Class Ever Will

5 Ways An Internship Teaches More Than Any Traditional Class Ever Will

Why I encourage every college student to complete an internship.

Why I encourage every college student to complete an internship

I've been an intern for less than two months and I've learned more about my major field than I previously did in three years of college classes. This got me thinking as to how that is even possible. The fact of the matter is college is teaching you to take multiple choice tests, yet upon graduation, you will probably never see another Scantron again in your life.

An internship is real life. And life teaches you how to succeed. If you have time left in your college career, I encourage you to do an internship, even unpaid, as it is worth your time far more than the pricey tuition you've been paying all along.

1. Any "skills" you've read about in a textbook, are put into practice

Sure, you can regurgitate 75 definitions from your Business management textbook, but can you use them correctly in a real-life setting?

2. You have the opportunity to discover if what you've been studying is something you actually like and can see yourself doing, before its too late

My biggest fear was spending four years of my time and money on a degree that I wouldn't like. Sure I said I wanted to go into a business field, yet how do I really know I like it? An internship gives you the feel for your field without being fully committed.

3. The network of people you are exposed to and connections that are made can land you a job post-graduation

Its all about who you know. It sucks to say but I've realized this more than ever in my short 20 years that the people who know people go way farther than ones that are equal but don't have connections.

4. You are preparing yourself for the real world

The frat party you attend each weekend, yoga pants/large t-shirt combinations, the quick texts back and forth between buddies, and crazy sleeping schedule are all habits that will need to be left in college. An internship teaches you how to dress professionally, craft a professional email, forces you to have a normal sleeping schedule, and simply teaches you to grow up — if college has not yet already done that.

5. It's simply a good use of your time

Sure, working at a smoothie shop can be fun, or you enjoy your co-workers as a cashier at the grocery store, but are those jobs benefiting and preparing you for your future career? Probably not. If you are going to be a working college student, why not spend your time in a field that you want to go into, and even gain experience along the way.

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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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Coping With The Loss Of A Passion

It's hard to get it back once you lose it.


In college, time to focus on passions seems limited. The homework, essays, group projects, and exams are never-ending.

In high school, I took my free time for granted. I was dancing four hours four nights a week, but I wasn't constantly stressed. I had time to focus on my passion, which is dance.

In college, I am a part of an amazing dance club. But I don't get to compete, take technique classes, or be with the team I was with since I was 8 years old. Now, I receive videos of my team from home's amazing performances, and it aches a bit. I am so proud and happy for their growth but jealous that they have more years than I do. It is nearly impossible to find technique classes at college to take with no car, little free time, and barely any money. I miss my team, I miss my dance teachers and choreographers, and I miss competitions, but most of all, I miss the person I was when I had the opportunity to pursue my passion several hours a week.

My passion will always be there, and I do get to pursue dance on a smaller scale with some amazing dancers in college, but I am coping with the fact that I will never do another competition with my team again, I will never be able to dance with them again, and I will never be able to learn from my dance teachers again. It's a hard loss, one that I think about every day.

To anyone who still has the opportunities to pursue their passions to the fullest extent, you are lucky. Not everyone gets the chance to keep up with their sport, passion, or activity that they dedicated all of their time to in high school. Don't take a single second of it for granted, and remember why you are doing what you are doing. Take time to reflect on why you love it so much, how it makes you feel, and how you can express yourself during it. Whatever this passion or activity is, make every second count.

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