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My Fisher Internship
Mixed Emotions

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I’m excited to have moved to a new city and start an amazing internship. I’m nervous about being in a new place and worried what will happen if I don’t perform well. I’m eager to learn more about the Human Resources field and meet new people along the way. I’m a little sad and missing my friends and family back home, but I’m also happy that I was given this opportunity.

In the past week, I drove over 1,000 miles from Columbus to Houston with my best friend, moved into a fantastic apartment, explored downtown (only getting lost a few times), tried a great Tex-Mex restaurant, still don’t have internet installed at my new home, found out that my internship supervisor would be in a different state my whole first week, and then actually started work at Shell – talk about being overwhelmed and having mixed feelings!  The only way I was going to handle it all well was to jump right in and look at this as a fun and exciting challenge, rather than a problem.

On my first day of work, I already started making new friends with HR interns and found out they were in similar Masters programs from other Big Ten Schools! I’ve also already met many other full-time employees or set up meetings over the next week. I can already tell I’m going to have a great network of people to help me at work and to help me have fun this summer. This week I’ve also received information on the 2 big projects I’ll be working on and I couldn’t be happier about the things I am going to learn and experience! I don’t quite have everything I need to begin them but I am so anxious to dive on in next week!

While I’m experienced such a rush of emotions this past week – excitement, nervousness, happiness, fear – the biggest thing I’ve felt is LUCKY! I’m lucky to have the education at Fisher that led me to the internship, lucky I have such great family and friends that helped in the moving process, lucky to meet new people, and lucky to be working in a field that I really enjoy with a company like Shell! I’m sure many of you reading this have had similar experiences with starting new jobs and internships or moving to a new place but I know that those mixed feelings are completely normal and soon all the nerves will go away.


4 Responses to Mixed Emotions

  1. Anonymous says:

    Keep rocking out in Houston! It’s a great city and you will met many interesting people.

  2. Margie Bogenschutz says:

    Great post, Amanda – such a good summary of all the mixed feelings common to starting a new internship in a new city. Helps for everyone to know how normal those feelings are! Best part is that most of your emotions are positive! Look forward to hearing more about your projects!!

  3. Mark Wilson says:

    Hey Amanda – Good luck in your new city for the summer. My guess is you’ll make lots of new friends and eat a lot of great tex-mex while you’re in Houston. I’m jealous about the tex-mex! And of course we miss you at work here at OSU, but we are willining to loan you to Shell for the summer. Best wishes!

  4. Susan Geier says:

    I’m so happy that you made it safe and sound and it sounds like you’re going to have a wonderful summer! I can’t wait to hear all about your experience. I’m sure you’re going to do amazing work at Shell, but you have to promise to come back!

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