Written by: Paul Sobecki
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)
- Shot a gun and learned how to play craps
- Experienced Las Vegas when being of age
“Synergy — the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.”
Until next time.
DORITOS BAGS EATEN: I actually gave them up. Trying to live a more healthy life, well sort of.