I prepared everything possible for my trip to Columbia, MD and the beginning of my internship with Frito-Lay. I had made all the arrangements with taking a break with my job, prepared all the living arrangements, and my car was completely packed out. One of the most difficult moments in my life occurred as I said goodbye to my wife, daughter, and son. I managed to keep myself composed as I said, “goodbye” and started to walk to my car. My 20 month old son then motioned towards me. He was asking for another hug. We embraced and he began patting my back with his hand. I was no longer able to keep my composure and accepted the fact that I was going to be the farthest from my children and wife that I had ever been.
My first week at Frito-Lay I was torn between desperately missing my family, excitement about the adventure ahead, and the desire to take advantage of this unique opportunity. I was assigned one large project to complete over the summer. I was asked to combine multiple career development resources into a single, “one stop shop” with easy access. The whole summer flew by, but I took every opportunity to ask questions, network with people, and learn about the company. My persistent curiosity resulted in developing an Excel-based career development software linking multiple career tools in a single tool. What an amazing summer!