All The Thoughts You Have Leading Up To Your First Internship

All The Thoughts You Have Leading Up To Your First Internship

You might learn the most from the company you least expect.
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The second we arrive at college we are always thinking of ways we can further our career. From joining clubs to working part-time jobs every experience seems to count. Then we finally get into what can possibly jumpstart our career: an internship. Professors drill into our minds the importance of an internship, our parents encourage us to look for an internship if we don’t have a summer job and we finally understand that an internship is the way we can become prepared for the real world. Whether you’re working for your dream company or just a place to get an internship, every moment counts.

In March I had to hear the news that the internship I had accepted months earlier had stopped hosting my program. It also meant that I had maybe a month and a half to look for a new internship. In my article, "I Got Rejected From My Internship, But I'm Stronger For It" I talk about how you need a tough skin to handle rejection but no matter how many times I was rejected I always felt my life came full circle. After applying to as what Handshake says was 25 internships, four of those companies called me back for an interview and after the interview, three of the companies told me no.

Now here’s where this sob story becomes better. One company gave me a chance — and that’s all I need.

Throughout my life, I have dealt with rejection but sometimes in rejection, there will come acceptance you just need to look hard enough. Thomas Edison is famous for creating the light bulb and before he could succeed he needed to fail. — "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”

When we get denied an internship it does not mean we failed it means that we just haven’t found the company for us yet.

I started work at this company last Monday and leading up to that day I had no idea what to expect. I had no internship experience and I didn’t know what knowledge the other interns had coming into this program. The only work experience I had was from working at Ramah Darom and the brief time I spent marketing for Insomnia Cookies. I had chills and was afraid so much would go wrong. However, the first day came and went and I realized I didn’t have to be so nervous. The first week is the time where the company helps get your feet in the water before you start doing your daily tasks. It is when you learn more from this internship and listen to experience before you take what you learn and put it in place.

An internship is a step in growing up. I still remember the day where I got denied by three different companies in the span of an hour. You have to just keep moving forward until you find the internship right for you.

You might learn the most from the company you least expect.

In the days I have spent working at my internship I can’t put into words what I think about it. Some days will be slow and you just hang out and other days you will be working nonstop until the afternoon. I don’t know what will happen in this internship but what I do know is I am ready to learn skills that can help me in the job market. As I see more of my friends' graduate and take full-time jobs I think how that will be me next year. Everything I learn from this internship will not only prepare me for the real world but will give me the skills that can help me prosper in a working environment.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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