25 Frustrating Things About Applying for Summer Internships

25 Thoughts Every College Student Has Looking For A Summer Internship

Just another part of growing up.

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For the past couple weeks, I have been researching internship opportunities in my area. This included updating my resume, my LinkedIn profile, crafting individual cover letters, and emailing and applying to places of interest like crazy. I thought this was going to be easy and I could knock it out in a week or so, but that has not been the case. When you're looking for a job or internship, it is basically a full-time job in itself. You just need to keep applying and hopefully, you'll find the internship of your dreams.

So, here are just a few thoughts I've had during this process.

1. "I really need to fix my resume."

2. "Maybe I should just start from scratch."

3. "No, that would just be a waste of time."

4. "How do I write a cover letter?"

5. "Do employers even look at LinkedIn?"

6. "I thought that was just for people interested in business."

7. "I need to take a business professional photo."

8. "Oh, man, I really haven't done much during my college career."

9. "My resume's already a page-long."

10. "I can't really include much more."

11. "I need to write a cover letter for each job I'm applying to?!"

12. "I really should have started this sooner."

13. Is this considered bragging or promoting myself?"

14. "This is a lot of pressure."

15. "If I don't get an internship this summer, I might not graduate."

16. "I'll be fine."

17. "If I apply to enough places, there are better odds of getting one."

18. "I'm glad I have the time to do this now."

19. "I don't think I could do this on top of classes."

20. "But I might have to make the time."

21. "Why is it so stressful clicking submit?"

22. "Three applications done, only a hundred more to go."

23. "I feel like I'm making a lot of progress and none at the same time."

24. "I'm proud of myself for getting this done."

25. "WAIT, did I attach my resume on that email??????"

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So, You Want To Be A Nurse?

You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

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To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.

Sincerely,

The nursing student with just one year left.

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I Want A Career With Disney

August 5th can't come quick enough.

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Sometimes I get dirty looks or weird stares. Sometimes these reactions are caused by one statement:

"I want a career with Disney."

When most people think of Disney, they think animated films, oversized mice, princesses, and rollercoaster rides. However, this top employer is so much more than that.

"The mission of The Walt Disney Company is to entertain, inform and inspire people around the globe through the power of unparalleled storytelling, reflecting the iconic brands, creative minds and innovative technologies that make ours the world's premier entertainment company."

To those who tell me that my goal is silly or just a childish fantasy, you couldn't be more wrong.

I recently got accepted into the Disney College Program, a prestigious internship that will take up my upcoming fall semester. It's kind of like starting college all over again. New dorms, new roommates, new social system. I will admit, I am nervous, but I couldn't be more excited to add The Walt Disney Company to my resume.

So to make things more clear, here are just a few of the reasons I want to land a career with this amazing company:

1. The attention to accessibility.

This is so important. A company grows when all types can use and enjoy their products and services.

2. The messages behind each and every one of their films.

Disney has been adding new meaning to family, friendship and true love for decades.

3. The company values.

4. The attention to detail, big and small.

5. How much they care about every single one of their guests.

I could go on and on, but I think my point is pretty clear. Disney is an incredible company to work for, and I'm so excited to start my journey with them in a few short months.

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