Recent Good Vibes + Exciting News!December 14, 2014
Hey all! Long time, no blog - am I right?
It's been busy here these past two weeks (2 research papers and 2 huge projects later) and I'm just now able to take a small breath and get back to blogging. Despite the busyness there's been lots and lots good vibes going on in my life and I thought I'd share!
Even though school has taken me away from this space, I've really been excelling there in that area of life. It's really sucked up my time and attention, but the pay off has been well worth it in the form of good grades that have been slowly trickling in. I'm proud of myself and the academic part of my realm feels under control. That's a great feeling to have!
I've also been doing some things with #DocumentingDecember that maybe I'll share once the month winds out. I've been trying to video more and take more pictures. I know I haven't been doing so great in the blogging department (which will change as I move into winter break), but I have been journaling again.
I helped put on my second Crystal Bridges event last weekend called the The Respective. It was a smaller event, but I think it was an overall success. I am so in love with exhibit we centered our event around, so I enjoyed every magical, exhausting minute it's taken from concept to fruition. I'm so proud of our Ambassador group!
Lastly, I got an internship! I am the most excited to share this piece of news and it took all of my will power to not type that out in all caps with an excessive amount of exclamation points. I've been searching for the right internship for a long time (over a year, to be exact) and nothing has ever quite felt right. It seemed that any internship I was remotely excited about in the past was doomed to be met with a "We regret to inform you that the internship in which you've applied for has been filled" email in the near future. It seemed like everyone was always more outgoing or more qualified than I was and I have been met with rejections upon rejections. I felt like I was always chasing internships that were always a bit out of my reach for one reason or another.
I was starting to get discouraged, but ultimately knew that if I ever stood a chance at having a job post-grad I needed to get more serious and find an internship, quick. So, I started to really re-evaluate my goals. What did I want to do in the short term and in the long term? What kind of company did I want to be affiliated with? What kind of companies in my area were even hiring people like me? Where would my skills be valued or necessary? So, I started studying up and visiting the websites of my dream companies. What were they looking for? What did they do? Were they even hiring for interns?
By taking this approach to the internship hunt, I found more candidates that fit my mold, instead of the other way around. There was one internship I was particularly excited by...the one I really wanted. I wanted it so badly I almost didn't even apply for it because I was so scared. Surely, I couldn't get it and I didn't know if I could be met with another stinging rejection. Because in my mind not knowing if I could've gotten it (the door still open for future hope) would be better than knowing I couldn't have (definite rejection). After many long pep talks and staring at the application, I just decided to go for it.
Three months later and I was left feeling discouraged as ever. I hadn't heard back from anywhere or anyone. It felt like every application I'd sent got lost into cyberspace and I was so lowly I wasn't even worth the typical rejection email. That is until one day when I got an email requesting an interview for the internship I was so excited about. I was in disbelief. A real life interview?! I hadn't ever made it this far and had never interviewed for anything in my life since my achievements on paper had usually been enough to grant me something or conversely reject me from something I wanted. I promptly freaked out, bought a blazer, and spent hours printing out pieces for a tangible portfolio of my work (my work which had never seen the light of day outside of my classes).
A week later and I got the best call. I got the internship! I'm so excited to be starting such an amazing internship next semester with a company I consider one of my dream companies to work for. My schedule is going to be the busiest it's ever been, but it's exciting to be doing something new and hopefully learning/growing as much as possible in the career field of my choice before graduation! It's a great opportunity for me.
To celebrate, my friend took me out to dinner at Table on the Hill. The food was beyond good and I got to try my first Moscow Mule (featured above). It was also amazing and I'm sure there will be many to come in my future.
So, tell me, what good vibes/things have been happening in your life as of late?! Let me know!