So it is has been quite a while since I have posted a blog. I mean with the amazing content that has been coming out of my favorite blogger Wes, it was difficult for me to come up with something. But alas, I decided to take a few minutes to write on the end of my first year.
This year has been one of the most amazing, stressful, difficult, incredible, and rewarding experiences of my life. When I moved here from Michigan last August, I didn’t know what to expect. I have written previously about how when preparing to move here, I thought a lot about what the courses might be like, the job prospects, the University, but didn’t give much thought to the people I would be going through this experience with. It turns out, that has been the best part of this whole experience. I have bonded with people in a way that I never thought I could in such a short amount of time. We are all struggling and succeeding together, and it is an experience that will only happen once. I have made friends that I hope I’ll have forever.
So just as we are coming to the end of the year, which most of us finished our last class yesterday, there is a sense of both relief and anxiousness. With the end of the first year comes the beginning of the internship. Myself, along with three other classmates will be working at ExxonMobil this summer. Others will be at Cardinal Health, Rolls Royce, Dow, and other major organizations. So as our bond with each other grows, we are now going our separate ways for the summer. We won’t have each other to depend on as much through our struggles, and some of us will be far away from the rest of our friends and family, myself included.
There are two big things that I have learned about myself this year. First, if I am afraid to do something, I should probably do it. In every instance where I have been afraid or really nervous about something this year, when it was all over, I was really glad I did it. That goes for the Case Competition, Summit Vision, and other challenges I faced. Second, I am a stronger person than I thought. With all of the work that comes with full-time grad school, a part-time job, and personal responsibilities and difficulties, I have gotten through it.
So with that said, I am nervous about starting this internship. I leave tomorrow to drive to Texas, and I will start work the week after. It is going to be a lot of work and my projects are going to be challenging. But I know it will be a great experience. I look forward to this new challenge and I know I will grow from it.