Posts tagged internship
Posts tagged internship
Opening my fortune cookie this evening, I was surprised to read a startlingly accurate piece of Chinese take-out wisdom: “An old friend introduces you to new people and pleasures.” How fitting for my life at this moment! I have just started a wonderful new internship, and my supervisor is actually an old family friend who is simply marvelous! My fortune cookie does not lie!
So. Here we are again, at the end of another year. As I look forward to the excitement that accompanies a new year, I also reflect on the things I have accomplished in the past year. It’s a great way to measure personal growth and evaluate progress on various goals.
I consider this past year significant in terms of stepping out of my comfort zone and getting the “dirty work” done so I can spend the remainder of my college career having fun. Yes, fun! Now that I have completed many major requirements for my degree, I can take a small breath of relief as I continue to take on new and exciting challenges in other areas of my life. Here is my year in review:
As of yesterday, my summer internship is officially over!
I turned in my identification badge, printed out my hours, and turned in my final seminar paper. Score.
While this gives me cause for much celebration and happy dancing, I must pause and reflect on what I have learned during my 300+ hours as a Special Events/Fundraising Intern at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley…
Spring semester 2011 is finally over. It was a hard battle, but I achieved victory with my continued 4.0 GPA. That one nearly did me in. I am praying that the fall is much smoother.
And now…summer break! Right? Nope. No summer break for me. I’m doing a 300 hour internship all summer long to fulfill my nonprofit leadership requirements. I’m excited to gain the experience— I’ll actually put my skills to use by doing press releases, radio scripts, e-newsletters, special events, and grant research— but I’m rather sad that I went straight from school to interning. No rest for the weary.
On the upside, this weekend gave a much-needed jumpstart to my creative side. My production of Hairspray was a smash; the cast did a great job with my choreography. I was overwhelmed by the sincerity and appreciation expressed by the directors and students; I would love to return next year for another show.
I was able to perform myself this Sunday in Ballet Western Reserve’s spring gala, as a featured guest artist. What a thrill to be back on the boards, after a five-month hiatus! Wow, was it really that long? Oh my gosh, I will never do that to myself again. Not that I wasn’t active during that time, having choreographed two shows, tackled a full courseload, worked part-time, volunteered for various causes, attended nonprofit seminars, and served as an officer for two student organizations… I think a little part of my soul died this semester. But it’s bouncing back!
During Sunday’s two shows, I performed the “Maria Cha-Cha” from West Side Story, “If They Could See Me Now” from Sweet Charity, and “The Charleston” from The Boyfriend. The first two were personal dream roles, and the last one featured a stunning scarlet costume with sequins and frills, woohoo! I adored the entire experience, especially the opportunity to connect with the artistic staff.
Up next: doing the ballet’s summer intensive, possibly performing in a local production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, and beginning rehearsals for A Streetcar Named Desire. And auditioning for more productions in the fall.
Look out world, here I come!