Today marks the end of an exciting 13-week journey. It is my last day of my internship at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Definitely a bittersweet feeling as I have had an amazing summer here, where I cannot even begin to explain how much I have learned from the “real-world” experience, but I am also ready for another year back in Athens! Here are a few highlights and things that I have learned this summer:
1. Nothing beats real world experience. It gives you an overall feel for what you will be doing for the rest of your career. It is the perfect way to truly realize if this is what you want to be doing or not. It provides you with a lot of clarity and can even guide you in the direction of what you do want to do.
2. The connections you make are invaluable. I have met so many great people through the ACVB. Whether it be at networking events, or just at the office, you never know when you will run into some of these people, or people who know these people, again. Make sure you stay in touch.
3.You can always improve your writing. Sometimes I would have 3 different people edit my press releases, with each person adding a different opinion, or changing the way something was said. Improvements are always necessary.
4. Manage your time appropriately. There are days where you will be super busy and then there are days that seem to go on forever. I learned to take my time and slow down on my summer tasks. I have always been a go, go, go get it done person which shows in my work as sometimes I can take little time to edit. I have learned to take a step back and move on to something else, or take a break, and then come back to what I was working on. I have found that this has definitely helped my self-editing process and I have become a better writer because of it.
5. Don’t take college life for granted. Working a 9-5 job everyday really puts a stress on your body. I got up all summer at 5:30 a.m. just to make time to workout… then you have to add in commute time and eating and by that time all you really want to do is go to bed. It is a very long day, and it leaves your little time for a social life. It has definitely made me appreciate college and all the free time I have to hang out with friends, go out or just enjoy doing absolutely nothing.
Although my time here at the ACVB is over, I know that this is just the start of the rest of my life. That may sound super dramatic, but I can’t really describe it any other way. Hopefully next summer I won’t have an unpaid internship, but instead a paying job. I am ready to embrace this last year as a college student where I am free to stay up all night, make careless decisions, go out with friends, dress up ridiculously for socials, love every second of being an active member in a sorority, lay in bed all day long, go swimming at 4 in the morning, eat pizza at 2 am, add some last minute things to the resume before applying for a job, forget to study for a test, stay up all night studying for a test, and finally-take a month long sabbatical in EUROPE. It is a terrifying feeling being the planner that I am to not know what comes next. From middle school you go to high school, from high school you go to college and then after you graduate college it’s really up to you as to what you do! You may get a job, or you could be unemployed–there really is no “next step” in life. Although it is scary, I want to live this year a little more carefree and enjoy every single second of it!
Inspiration for the day: