This morning I start my post-grad internship. It's one I'm immensely excited about, but I still have that little voice in the back of my head going: "you may have an internship, but you don't have a job." It's a real struggle to enjoy the moment and take this post-graduation time to appreciate myself and figure out where I want to go (suggestions given to me by already-graduated friends who took several months to get full-time jobs).
In light of that, here are five things I want to remember during my few months at this internship. I love the idea of positivity and affirmations, and hope others find these thoughts empowering.
|Dad made me this awesome interrobang necklace for a graduation gift--can you believe he made this?!|
// Leave time to enjoy things that are just for you. Even if you're jumping straight from the graduation stage to the office, it's vital to remember that you are just as important--more so--than making money and using that degree. In fact, this becomes even more important if you don't have concrete plans (like me). Keep applying for jobs, but don't feel guilty about going out to eat, taking an evening to catch up on TV shows, or starting into your to-read pile.
// You will never stop learning. I love learning, and I loved school. And while I'm sure I will eventually go on to get a master's (in what, I have no idea!), that won't be happening any time soon. In the meantime, I'm trying to get back into daily language practice on Duolingo, exploring coding through Code Academy, searching out blog how-tos, and picking a MOOC I would like to complete. On top of all that, my internship--and I imagine this will be try for any future internship or job--provides me with ample opportunities through learning thanks to the endless shelves of both our books and competitors.
// Schedules will still be your best friend. Most people benefit from schedules, even outside of work. Continuing to make daily schedules even in the "real world" ensures that chores get done, you have budgeted time for hobbies (like blogging!), and you will always have time to relax after a long day.
// Everything is one small moment in your life, no matter how big it seems at the time. This harkens back to Robin Roberts's speech about taking small steps to achieve big goals. Even a big break is in reality one small step in the larger scheme of everything you will say, see, or do, which is both heartening and frightening. But no matter how small, every move is important.
// You're in uncharted territory--everything is an adventure. Since age five, I have been a student. Throwing away that title is immensely difficult for me. It's all I know how to do, and I did it well. But that doesn't mean change is always bad. When everything is new, the possibilities are endless.