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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22 Things Parents Should Send Their Children At College, If They Love And Miss Them

We're getting to that point in the semester, y'all.


Even though college students are just a little over a month into the spring semester, we are already feeling high amounts of stress over tests and papers. Nobody said college was going to be easy, and this statement is ringing truer and truer each day. So, to the parents, grandparents, or anybody else who loves us and cares about our well being, here are 22 things you should send us if you love and miss our presence.

1. Gift cards to the local grocery store. 

Preferably Walmart or Food Lion, since that's all we have here in Farmville, VA.

2. Room decor from the Target dollar section. 

Or anything from Target, for that matter. Some college towns don't have one of these glorious establishments, and we are experiencing withdrawals.

3. School supplies. 

You can never have too many sticky notes or colored pens.

4. Mints. 

Because some people need it after lunch, and gum is disgusting.

5. A cozy blanket. 

For those cold nights spent in the library until 2 in the morning.

6. A handwritten letter. 

These are one of my favorite things to get in the mail, and there is always something so sentimental about snail mail.

7. A giant box of fruit snacks...

Definitely one of my favorite grab and go snacks.

8. ... Or candy, in general. 

Preferably, gummies. But, I won't refuse chocolate candy either.

9. Cash. 

For those late night Taco Bell runs, or just to make us feel a little bit better about ourselves.

10.  A funny movie/DVD. 

There's something so simple and serene about watching a funny movie on a DVD player that brings us back to the less stressful times of our childhood.

11.  Hot chocolate mix. 

I always get random cravings for hot chocolate, but it's never enough to make me want to go buy a box of mix.

12.  Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts gift cards. 

Because the majority of our lives revolve around coffee, and sometimes our Keurigs just don't cut it.

13.  Peanut butter crackers. 

These are so quick and easy to eat between classes (or if you're like me, IN class).

14.  Scent diffuser. 

This can be even better if you send a scent that reminds us of home.

15.  Hair ties. 

For some reason, I only own about five at a time because I am always losing these!

16.  Homemade cookies/brownies. 

These always make me so happy knowing my mom took time out of her busy day to think of me and bake yummy treats.

17.  Gift cards for our favorite online shopping stores. 

What better way to relieve stress than buy clothes you don't need?

18.  Nail polish. 

You can never have too many bottles of the same shade of pink.

19.  Mug warmer. 

These help keep your cup of coffee warm for long periods of time so you don't end up wasting such a sacred drink.

20.  Lysol wipes/hand sanitizer. 

I go both of these things at an alarming rate because some places are just plain disgusting.

21.  Band-aids. 

No one ever really thinks of buying these, but they work for so many more reasons than their typical use.

22.  iTunes gift card. 

For all those "educational apps" our professors tell us to buy. *wink wink*

Every college student loves getting a care package in the mail, so if you really love and miss us, please send one our way!

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