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A Summer in Mark Twain Nation

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Hey Everybody!

As I begin to look back and evaluate my summer in Hannibal, a lot of emotions come to mind.  This summer has been one of extreme growth for me career wise and personally.  It has had its ups and downs, but I am confident in saying I have come out of it dressed for success. 

Here are a few things I learned this summer:Draw on the experiences of those around you.  Whether it’s a question about your project at work or what to do on the weekends, ask your co-workers.  Until now in my life, I never truly valued the knowledge of those around me.  Individuals aren’t successful in their careers by chance; they have tremendous knowledge and expertise.  TAP IN TO IT!

No matter their job titles, people are amazing at what they do!  Being naïve and inexperienced, I was blown away by the depth of understanding operators have for their profession.  I thought that I would be the one providing the answers for them, but in actuality, they trumped me and taught me more than I thought was possible.  Never put a limit to someone’s talent just because of a certain job title or occupation.

The people you work with have a profound effect on your job satisfaction.  “Below ground” would have had to freeze over in the past for these following words to come out of my mouth, but I can now say them with reality:  “I enjoy working in Hannibal, Missouri.”  That’s right, I said it.  I could not have asked for a better summer with better people.  Hannibal and Quincy are truly Midwest areas, and the people here are top notch.  I don’t think you can find a place with more hospitable and courteous people. 

Here is a brief list of experiences I had this summer:

- Lived on my own, away from home for an extended period of time

- Wore steel-toed boots and a hardhat every day at work

- Took Amtrak to visit friends in Chicago twice.  Went to a Cubs game followed by the Cubby Bear dance floor with Dan Biga, Annie Broadus, Maria Kellison, Alex Kelly, and various older women.

- Met a girl at the YMCA (Must personally inquire for more info)

Future Top Shot Winner

- Shot a gun and learned how to play craps

- Experienced Las Vegas when being of age

This summer provided me with more than I ever could have imagined.  I will be coming back to school as a more open-minded, self-sufficient, well-rounded individual.  I’m looking forward to finding out where life will lead me next.

“Synergy — the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.”

~Mark Twain

 Until next time.

DORITOS BAGS EATEN:  I actually gave them up.  Trying to live a more healthy life, well sort of.

~Paul Sobecki


One Response to A Summer in Mark Twain Nation

  1. Sara says:

    No Doroitos?! Going to the Bahamas is going to ruin my junk food habit. I should probably give up the laffy taffy, haagen dazs, toll house cookies, and crunch….we just had to work for food companies.

    I feel the same way about Fremont, never thought I would miss it there–driving with the windows down and inhaling the smell of farm.

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