It’s been almost a week since I left Cleveland, which gave me more time to reflect about my experiences. Overall, it’s definitely an experience that was mostly positive. I met a lot of great people at KeyBank and the church I was attending.
These were some of my takeaways:
- Even though my internship was not anything like I wanted, I still learned a lot from the projects my supervisors gave me. I learned to be more patient with people and be more understanding. While this internship was extremely rough, I learned more people skills and how to challenge my manager’s feedback in a professional way.
- I learned to make the most out of my experience. When I first arrived to the city, I thought my experience would be 100% defined by my work place. Fortunately, it wasn’t. I was able to find new communities to be part of and reached out to mutual friends. I made sure I tried to meet as many new people as I could and be as involved as possible
- Being a new person in the city is hard, but I learned to be more initiative with the people I’ve met. I can’t just expect and wait for people to want to get to know me better. I can also initiate meet ups / hang outs.
Those were definitely the top three things I learned from my experience. I’m glad that I was able to go to Cleveland for the summer to live life away from people I am close with like my family and friends. It was definitely challenging in the beginning and I remembered I was easily discouraged. However, being initiative with others helped a lot. It made moving to a new city much easier. For my next summer internship, wherever that may be, I hope I will be able to be more positive about my experience in the beginning. Even though the city may not have been super exciting, I am happy to say I did all I could to make my experience as awesome as possible.