Written by: Amanda Rose
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.