Now that I’ve finished half of my internship I’m really starting to reflect on what I like and dislike about the job and being in Chicago. Overall, I love the people I work with. They’re all very nice and have been grateful for my work I’m doing which has really helped make it feel worthwhile. However, sometimes I still feel like I’m doing pretty simple things. I know it’s helpful for me to be pulling together the excel files or powerpoints for everyone here, but I do wish I was getting a better sense of the risk management side of things. I just had a meeting with my manager to discuss progress here and mentioned that to her, so hopefully things will change since they’ve all said I’ve been picking up on things faster than they would’ve expected. It’s getting to that point though where I’m really trying to figure out how I feel about the job to start thinking about whether or not I’d accept a full-time offer if given one.
I love Chicago a lot more than I thought I would’ve. I’m not usually a city person and have found that the fast paced lifestyle isn’t always for me. But the city has a lot to offer and I still haven’t seen everything yet that I want to see. I’ve realized though, mostly when my friends here are busy, that not knowing a ton of people and being away from family can be a lot harder than I anticipated. At school I’m only an hour away from home and am very close to all of my friends so being there is always fun for me. But being here has made me realize I’m not as much opposed to staying in Michigan as I thought that I would be. So as I continue onto the second half of my internship I’ve decided to really try and gain more experience in work as well as see more of Chicago.