My Summer Internship

My Summer Internship

You should do one no matter what
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Like many of my college colleagues, I am about to complete my summer internship. This was in place of a class to help me graduate on time with all of my majors and honors as well as to gain a priceless experience. There are a lot of things I learned from this experience and not all of them came at the time my internship began, some were before. I want to recommend doing an internship for anyone, I know a few people that realized during their internship that their dream job was incorrect. I did not experience that but it has allowed me to understand more about what I would like to do when I graduate in May as well as just what the work force is really like right now. Also, this is something you can put on your resume and get class credit for, you cannot put a class on your resume and you also cannot 100% experience the workplace in a classroom. Having the structure of a class yet in a workplace also can help calm your nerves a little.

First, the application process. This was honestly a good taste of what it will probably be like when I am applying for jobs. I was not able to get really any that I was super excited for, I received the silent treatment after a phone interview or also the actual rejection email. I knew this was a huge possibility but when it got down to the wire I realized that I may have to just take a summer class, or stay around campus over the summer. Finally I was able to land an internship through my connections, was not my dream position but I definitely think it really was for the best.

My internship dealt with public relations, this is not my track within communications but I really wanted any office experience and this seemed to fit my needs. I was extremely nervous and this is where it being for the best comes in. The supervisor I worked under I knew for a couple years for my involvement on campus, I was extremely comfortable with her and having a face I know was really helpful. I know that you cannot always know someone at your internship but do not rule things out! I feel like it just helped because we could have conversations about other things that helped calm me down. Though this does also provide its challenges. Depending on who you know you may feel more pressure, this was not my case but definitely a possibility. The thing I actually did run into is making sure I was always professional. Since I knew my supervisor in a less professional manner I felt as though sometimes I would be able to joke and tell her things I probably would not tell a supervisor that I just met. I feel that I sometimes was too comfortable, the important thing I needed to keep in mind is that my supervisor was going to grade me. So there really are pros and cons to knowing someone at your internship my best suggestion would be, have a friend in your internship having a friendly face but not a supervisor will hopefully make you successful!

Don't be afraid to ask questions! I always ask questions and triple check on things, your supervisor wants you to do your task correctly so they do not mind when you ask a question. It is way easier to double check then to redo something. There are people there to help teach you. You have most likely never done the majority of the things they are probably asking you to do - and they know that! They are there to help teach you.Also, they sometimes forget that you do not know everything so they will sometimes use acronyms or words that mean certain things in that field. Do not be shy to ask, trying to figure it out on your own probably will take longer and may not turn out properly. Looking things up if you are certain you did it before or that you can find it is never a bad thing but for complete certainty, it is never a bad thing to ask!

Don't be afraid to make mistakes! Don't go around doing everything wrong but if an accident happens that is okay. Again they know that you are new to this environment and the work that you are doing so it is bound to happen. Also, it probably is not as big of a deal as you think. Telling them sooner rather than later is also probably best. Hopefully, they told you some horrific stories during your training so you know you are not the worst intern they have ever had.

All in all I think a summer internship or just an internship in general is a great experience. You learn how you work in an office setting, you learn what it is like to be in an office setting. You also learn whether or not the job you thought you wanted is the one for you! It is a great way to test out your skills and gain some new ones!

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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10 Study Habits You Should Never Break

Tips and tricks to surviving finals and midterms.

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It's starting to become that time of year again - wrapping up the semester and preparing for the dreaded week of finals and mid-terms. I couldn't be more excited to be done with high school. But finals stink. I luckily don't have many classes that are going to require taking a test, mine are mostly projects.

All throughout high school, I had really struggled with testing and study habits. I didn't know how to study and therefore continued to do poorly because of my study habits or lack of. It was not until my junior year in high school, I had found my way of studying and it has worked for me for every test since. I color coat everything and write things down a million times. It is time-consuming but it is worth it in the end. You just have to find what works with you and stick with it. Here are some tips and tricks to hopefully help you with your study habits. I wish I had someone to tell me these things when I was struggling at the start of high school.

1. Time management

Don't be silly and study the night before the test and expect to do well. Some people can actually do this but I am a person who has to work their tail off for what kind of grades I receive so studying the night before a test would result in me not doing well. But it is different for everyone. What I typically do is if I know the test date ahead of time, I write it down in my planner and then as we learn something I add it to a notecard so as we go on with a unit I remember what we have learned in the start of the unit. I typically study a week prior to the test.

2. Find a study space

I like when my environment is completely quiet, I find it hard for me to focus when I am surrounded by noise. I usually study in my room or somewhere where no one is at

3. Choose a style of studying you like

I am a freak when it comes to studying. I am a very visual person. I will read the chapters in the book, highlight the important stuff, take notes and color coat them, highlight them. Draw diagrams or pictures if needed. And sometimes write small important things a couple of times. Yes, it's time-consuming but it has gotten me to not fail my test. With more unvisual classes like math, I write a notecard of all the formulas and buttons I will need for that unit. I do all of this as we go through each unit. I also use Quizlet to help me remember vocabulary words.

4. Actually do the study guides or Quizlets, they help

I complete the study guides a couple of times. Sounds crazy but it helps me memorize stuff so much better. There are tons of resources out on the internet, use them. Quizlet, Books online etc can all be valuable resources, just got to know what is available. Sometimes my friends will make a Quizlet and we will have the same class and I will use her Quizlet. Why make what's already made for you?

5. Write things out

I love technology and all but I think some of us have gotten away from writing things actually down on a notebook. Believe it or not, it has been proven that physically writing things out helps you memorize things better. I use a notebook for class and color coat my own notes. I also use flashcards for vocab words and color coat them as well. As you can tell I love color coating.

6. Have a study buddy

Personally I study better alone but when I do study with groups we bounce ideas off each other to get a better understanding of the material. It again depends on how you like to study.

7. Eliminate distractions

I used to have a problem with getting distracted from being on my phone and then I'd realize I just wasted 30 minutes scrolling through Instagram when I could have been studying. So turn your phone off or put it where you can't see it because it really does shorten your time of studying without being on it.

8. Use memory games (pneumonic devices) 

This helps me so much! When I am working on a test I always remember pneumonic devices before anything else.

9. Take your time

Don't rush through the material, you'll get it eventually. If you don't know it, highlight it and come back. Also if you have already mastered and memorized a topic, don't keep studying that study the things you don't know and haven't mastered.

10.  Find what works best for you!

You have to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Your study habits are completely unique to you. If something works for you, continue to do that.

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