When I think back on my summer internship experience, in the moment, I felt frustrated, feeling like I wasn’t getting the professional and personal growth I had been hoping for. But looking back, a few weeks removed, I think I learned a lot more than I had originally thought.
When someone asks me what I liked about my internship, I can’t talk enough about the people. I learned that it is so so important to like the people that you work with, maybe more than the actual work you are doing. Additionally, this field that I want to go into (corporate social responsibility), is such a niche field and I have learned that I love to be surrounded by people who are just as passionate about it as I am. Maybe I’m still not sure what being in CSR looks like day-to-day, but I know that these kind of people, the people working to make a positive impact, are the people I want to work with.
Coming back to campus has been strange. It seems that in almost every conservation I have, I am reminded that I am a senior, soon facing graduation. The conversations with my friends have shifted from the next party we’re going to, to where we want to be after we graduate and what we want to do with our lives.
Maybe the biggest thing I came away with from this summer is a sense of calm. I really don’t feel too panicked when I think about the future (like I did at the start of the internship). I know that wherever I’ll be, whatever I’ll be doing, I’ll be just fine. And when I think about the future, I feel excited.