It Is OK Not To Have An Internship Yet, So Stop Stressing

It Is OK Not To Have An Internship Yet, So Stop Stressing

The question of the hour is "What are you doing this summer?" and here's my reply.


It's ok for me not to have an internship this summer and here's why.

Throughout my undergrad years, I've turned into a resume-builder. I was the person always applying for every position, involved in multiple things at once, always looking for ways to achieve new feats, and develop my skills. I was lucky with interviews, more often than not getting the positions that I applied to and feeling confident at all times.

Junior year was a grueling wake-up call for me. My peers began getting summer internship offers as early as October while I was barely starting to look at postings. November came around and the big-name brands began setting deadlines for positions that many of my friends were competing for.

Going through an intense recruiting process for one brand, I came to a few realizations — to make it through the first round of selection, you often need to have a personal relationship with someone in the company. Sometimes the recruiting process can take only a few weeks, other times, months. Lots of times you won't even get a response to your application, period! Another harsh realization was that many marketing or communications jobs (even the paid ones) will most likely NOT lead to a job offer after graduation.

I was heartbroken when I found out that a position I had been interviewing and had been prepping for months was offered to another applicant in mid-March. Reconsidering my qualifications or lack thereof was a blow to my before-inflated ego. I began thinking about my values and my needs for the summer.

Why is there so much pressure on undergraduate students to have multiple internships, or at least an internship the summer before they graduate? Almost all entry-level jobs require experience these days but many internships are either unpaid or require prior experience.

Around April, the number of students announcing their post-graduation or summer plans on social media is at an all-time high. I know that I've seen these posts and felt less than or unhirable on multiple.

"What are your summer plans?" they ask.

When I reply that I don't have any, I'm often met with "reassuring" remarks about how they're sure that I'll find an internship soon.

I find myself explaining myself to my acquaintances that barely care. There are other ways that I can fill my time in other meaningful ways than having a crazy cool internship. I can practice self-love by focusing on exercise, mentorship, hobbies, saving money, traveling, studying for the GRE, and spending time with friends and family. I've realized I barely know what field I want to go into so how am I expected to have an internship this summer in that field?

I've come to accept that it's okay for me not to have an internship this summer because it is not what I need right now. And to those struggling with a similar situation, I hope that you find what you need this summer and can meet those pesky questions with confidence.

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.

College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy In College

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.


Staying healthy in college seems really, really hard to do. Classes, friends, clubs, and the whole fact of living by yourself can create a lot of stress and anxiety. Most students, and people in general, don't really know how to deal with stress or how to take care of themselves mentally, leading to unhealthy behaviors physically and mentally. If you don't take care of your mental health, your physical health will suffer eventually. Here are a few tips and tricks to help take care of your mental health:

1. Eat a well-balanced diet

Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy foods will help you feel more energized and motivated. Most people associate eating a balanced diet as beneficial for your physical health, but it is just as important for your mental health.

2. Keep a journal and write in it daily

Writing can be one of the most relaxing and stress-relieving things you can do for yourself. Writing down the issues you are struggling with or the problems you are encountering in your life on a piece of paper can help you relax and take a step back from that stress.

3. Do something that brings you joy

Take some time to do something that brings you joy and happiness! It can be really easy to forget about this when you are running around with your busy schedule but make some time to do something you enjoy. Whether it be dancing, writing, coloring, or even running, make some time for yourself.

4. Give thanks

Keeping a gratitude log — writing what brings you joy and happiness — helps to keep you positively minded, which leads to you becoming mentally healthy. Try to write down three things that brought you joy or made you smile from your day.

5. Smile and laugh

Experts say that smiling and laughing help improve your mental health. Not only is it fun to laugh, but laughing also helps you burn calories! There's a reason why smiling and laughing are often associated with happiness and joyful thoughts.

6. Exercise

Staying active and doing exercises that energize your body will help release endorphins and serotonin, which both act as a natural antidepressant. Keeping an active lifestyle will help you stay happy!

7. Talk out your problems

All of us deal with stress and have problems from time to time. The easiest and probably most beneficial way to deal with this stress and anxiety is to talk it out with a close friend, family member, or even a counselor.

8. See a counselor, peer mentor, or psychologist

Just like it was stated in the previous point, it is beneficial to talk out your problems with a counselor. We all have issues, and it is OK to ask for help.

Keeping up your mental health in college can be a struggle, and it may be hard to even admit you are not mentally healthy. This is OK; you are not alone. If you want to see a psychologist or would like to learn more about mental health, there are resources. You can also take a self-assessment of your mental health. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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