A Letter To The Struggling Summer Intern

A Letter To The Struggling Summer Intern

Hang in there, friend.

Hey there friend,

I am in the same boat as you. The summer intern life can get hard sometimes. Let me tell you something about this internship thing. This is important. Internships prepare you for life. I have learned some extremely valuable lessons during my internship.

You need to keep working hard. Think back to the first week, when you were so pumped and excited to go to your internship and learn all that you could. Now you have hit the wall. The stress might be getting to you, but you have to keep plowing through. Make things happen. Think of how much your boss or supervisor will appreciate you coming through and finishing your project early. Making things happen is so very important.

I’ll let you in on another secret I have learned so far this summer: people help people. Make personal calls, send thank you notes, grab lunch with people. When you do something personal for someone, they will be 10 times more likely to help you. I am serious. Making calls and personal messages for people has helped me immensely this summer. If you need something done, go the extra mile and personalize it.

If you are at a desk job especially, take some time each day to take a walk. My favorite part of my day is when I get the opportunity to walk around outside and see the sun. Remember to take a few minutes to relax. It is a great time to get blood flowing and think about new ideas for a problem you have been trying to solve for hours. Sometimes the little walk break is just what I need to keep me working at my best.

The design is in the details, and you know what, everything is detail. Keep the details of all your projects sharp and pay attention to each little part you are working on. It is important to make sure that everything that you are doing is precise, thorough, and done well! By making sure that everything is done right the first time, you avoid having to redo your work.

While it is extremely important that tasks are accomplished on time, don’t get all caught up in the stress and deadlines. Make sure you take time to enjoy the work you are doing. Laugh, and really get to know your coworkers if you haven’t yet. They are incredible people with incredible stories, and they can help you out when things get hard too.

Lastly, give it everything you got. It is just one summer. You are halfway through, don’t give up now, you can do it. Put all that you got into what you are doing and I believe you will be able to get more out of it than you even imagined.


A Fellow Intern

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Teaching Is An Amazing Career, It's More Powerful Than We Give It Credit For

Teaching is a career that is heavily overlooked — it is much more powerful than people realize.


When it comes to teaching, it's not always easy or fun. But, let me ask you this: what career really is easy or fun all the time? Being challenged can beneficial. Otherwise, you are just going through the same routine over and over. Teaching will definitely keep you on your toes because there's always something happening.

People seem to think teachers just lecture on information that they hope their students remember for the test. You know what? Those people are dead wrong. Teaching is more than that. Teaching means having the passion and drive to educate children. Teaching is turning something dull to something that students will find more interesting and enjoyable.

Teaching is also about providing tools and other resources for students in order for them to succeed, especially the ones who tend to struggle in school. Being able to give those tools to help them accomplish their goals is extremely rewarding. A teacher will work with a student who is behind on his/her reading skills to have him/her be right at the level he/she needs to be by the end of the school year. Not many jobs provide a reward quite like guiding a student, if not more, to success.

Although it focuses on academics, teaching is not just about that. Sure, being an effective teacher is key, but there are other aspects that are just as significant. As a teacher, you also have to connect with your students. Knowing your students on a personal level is so important. The connection can build respect that will, in turn, help them to succeed. Plus, students spend more time with you on a day-to-day basis than they do with their parents — isn't that frightening? So, you have to be able to support them and let them know them that you are there for them if they are having trouble.

Additionally, that connection you build with your students can last a lifetime. You can witness the growth of a student right in front of you. In fact, I am still very close with some of my teachers from elementary school. Many of them inspired me to become a teacher. Because of those great bonds I built, I had the opportunity to intern with some of my past teachers, which was a rewarding experience for everyone. Being able to develop such a connection with someone so different in age is something that is so powerful and that doesn't come with many other careers.

Teaching is so amazing. There are so many layers and beautiful aspects to it. Again, it can be difficult, but it's also a lot of fun. Not many people can say they have fun and laugh every day at work. I also truly believe that not many other people can say their careers provide as rewarding of a feeling as teaching does. To be able to make such a difference in someone's life is an incredible thing. Teaching is my passion. I know teaching will not be only gratifying but something that will bring me pure joy.

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