Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my first blog post, ever. What better way to start any conversation with a stranger than to talk about the weather? So if you’ve spent at least one or two semesters at Ohio State or have lived in Ohio, then you know that the struggle is real when it comes to the weather. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked a mile to class with five layers on, with my snow boots, looking down at the sidewalk the whole way there to avoid getting rain/snow/sleet pelted into my face, and just literally not being able to walk fast enough to get out of the blistering cold. You would know that those umbrellas that have the cool patterns on them and conveniently roll up to fit in your purse just don’t stand a chance against the wind and end up inverting themselves upside down within 2 minutes of use. Or there’s those times when you haven’t seen the sun in like 7 days straight. Oh the times that I’ve dreamed of moving south. Where week long stretches of below freezing weather and cloudy, cold, and rainy days will only be a distant memory. So here I am in Dallas, Texas, and after spending the last 5 years consistently complaining about Ohio weather, I guess I can’t complain when my AC stops working and my apartment is a consistent 85-90 degrees for the past couple days (they said they’d fix it “soon.”) But despite all the sweatiness, I couldn’t be more happy to be here. I MADE IT!! I found a way to get out of OHIO!!!!!!!! (go bucks).
What led me to Texas was my internship with the one and only: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS. You know, the company that makes calculators! That’s one thing I’ve noticed about Texas: they are really proud of their state and everything is labeled with “Texas.” Texas edition trucks, “texas-sized” everything. It’s pretty humorous after a while. Anyway, I work in Manufacturing at one of their factories near Dallas. So far I love it 🙂 I’ll do my best to give you my perspective on the experience. Last summer, I cried after the first day of my internship because I was so overwhelmed. But THIS summer, it has been so much better. I feel a lot more prepared and TI does a great job of welcoming their interns and doing their best to help them transition. So if you are reading this and you’re an Ohio State Business student and are feeling overwhelmed in a new position or will be in the future, just know that it gets easier. Most new things are overwhelming at first, but over time it’s not so bad. My other tip is to be confident 🙂 It’s easy to feel like you’re just a little intern at the bottom of the totem pole and to be intimidated by the corporate culture and people who have been there longer, BUT what I have found is that most people want to help you succeed and they want to see you do well. Even though you don’t know that much, remember that the company still hired you for a reason because they saw potential in you. They understand that you don’t know that much about the way the company works. MOST IMPORTANTLY, do what you love and don’t be afraid to go after that Apple or Microsoft internship or whatever it is that is your dream job. But don’t get too carried away – make sure you can still pay the bills. I’m not saying you should drop out of college so you can become the piano prodigy you always wanted to be. Let’s be real. Most people don’t grow up saying “I’d love to work for a bank!!” or “I can’t wait to be a supervisor in a factory!” But, you’d be surprised how much you actually like it.