This year I have decided to get involved as much as possible, and I’m losing some sleep for it. Currently I’m involved in the following:
- Continuing my internship at Cardinal Health
- President of GHRA
- Delegate – Council of Graduate Students
- Senator – University Senate
- Member – The Ohio Union Council
This summer I interned at Cardinal Health in Dublin, Ohio. This was the best thing for me. The people there are great, I had a fanatic manager, it was fast-paced, challenging, rewarding, and was made up of people who like to win. This was the perfect place for me. While there, I work as an HR generalist supporting Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain. This is a long way of saying I worked with the parts of our business that were in other countries. It was great to work with an international team, and certainly was a learning experience. I even go to travel around the country a little bit. Below is a picture of me doing some of the daily stretches with employees in our plan in Waukegan, Il.
As the summer came to an end, I was approached by my manager informing me that there was opportunity to stay on-board during the school year. I jumped at the opportunity. I couldn’t be more excited to stay on-board with the co-workers, team, and friends that I made this summer. I would be lying if I said its not a challenge to balance work, all of the above, school, my girlfriend, friends and family. However, I can say it has been one of the best times of my life. I’m busy, contributing to society, and so far keeping my girlfriend happy. Plus whenever I feel tired, I just think of the people in my program who have kids – hats off to you all.
So, what has this taught me? Well it’s still early on, but there are some clear takeaways.
- If you’re not having fun in anything that you’re volunteering to to – quit. I’m lucky that I still enjoy everything very much
- Treat work like a full-on-land-assault. Go as hard as you can till you know everything
- Take times to get away from it all. I have phone blackouts, no email, no texting, no twitter
- Laugh everyday – If I didn’t laugh everyday I’d lose my mind
- Mind your actions – People will remember what you do. If you make a promise keep it, and lead by example
- Don’t get in a pissing contest with a skunk – Don’t set your self up to do something that you know you will lose. Knowing your limits is key