Read This Before Your Summer Internship...

Read This Before Your Summer Internship...

7 Tips For Your Summer Internship
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Behold the world of miniature adulthood, where teenagers and 20-somethings work for little to no pay and the promise of invaluable experience: welcome to your first summer internship.

I was almost painfully terrified to start my last summer internship at my local newspaper. In my mind, it seemed like I had accidentally made it to the top of the food chain my freshman year, which is terrifying and gratifying at the same time.

Here's what I learned at my first internship.

1. "Internship" doesn't always mean getting coffee.

For me, it meant writing as if I were hired and paid by them. I was shocked to learn that I'd actually be gaining experience and not just working as a slave. But with responsibility comes a great fear that I was not ready for.

2. It doesn't have to be terrifying.

When they give you your first assignment, whether it be grabbing a coffee or writing a 600-word story about sidewalk expansion, you'll automatically feel overwhelmed. But being thrown into the real world is genuinely the best way to get started in your career.

Fear doesn't have a chance to hold you back, so don't give it too much power.

3. Everyone is at the bottom of the food chain of life.

Metaphorically speaking. Not one person at your job knows what the heck they're supposed to be doing, so when you screw something up, just know you're like everybody else.

4. Some people are willing to help you...

Like when you show up to the first event you're supposed to cover — like a memorial service at a VFW post — and you just walk up to a stranger and say you're new at this, and they actually help you find the people you need.

5. ...and others aren't.

Like when you're at your first city council meeting and you look really lost and everyone's wearing suits, and a polished reporter from the other local paper is there, treating you like the competition.

6. You'll actually learn a lot.

Not only about the things you were expecting. I learned that you should call your editors by their first names, that soap-making is an art that's hard to master and that small-town newspapers will cover literally anything.

7. Next year's internship will be better.

When it's finally over, you'll thank yourself for seeking out this opportunity. Kickstarting your career was actually kind of fun, and it gave you something to do over the summer other than Dungeons & Dragons.

And now that you have a year of experience, you can move on to bigger and better things, like maybe a magazine or a start-up or Dell. In the end, it was definitely worth your summer.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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