At the beginning of my internship I was eager to get started, excited to take on new projects, and overjoyed by the countless number of opportunities presented to me. I had big plans… I would work on my self-led retrospective study, put in numerous hours in my lab, study for the MCAT, travel, and so much more…. While I did accomplish many of these things, I wish that I had then understood the value of adequate preparation, planning, and balance. While the summer is indeed a time to let loose and do all of the things you don’t have time to do during he semester, it is also important to take on these challenges in moderation.
A few times during the summer I felt burned out and like I was in need of an escape from the pressure that I had put on myself. As I look back on my experience, I wish that I had taken more time to breathe and enjoy the moments. I wish that I hadn’t spent so much time ripping and running. I wish that I had more time to watch TV and swim. Although I don’t regret any of this summer’s accomplishments, I think that I could accomplished just as much, if not more, if I had put “me” first.
If I had to redo my internship I wouldn’t choose a different one or work less hours, but I would change the way that I used my time outside of work. I believe that this would have made my internship that much more enjoyable! Nonetheless, I enjoyed and still am) the lessons that I’ve learned and the ways that I have grown this summer.