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Lessons from summer

This past summer was probably one of the busiest summers I’ve had in a long time. Since I’m from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and most of my friends live in places other than Sioux Falls, when I go home for the summer there’s not too much else to do besides work. So naturally I automatically turn into a workaholic (or a career-woman as some of my coworkers like to say). Between my regular summer job at the hospital and an internship, on average I’d say I got about 55-60 hours per week – but that’s normal for any college student, right? Most people I told that to said I was crazy, but to me I just think about the fact that I really have nothing else to do so why not work.

I also went to Uganda this summer on a backpack journalism trip through a Creighton University faculty-led program abroad, which meant I had the month of June to go on this adventure, and after working so many hours seemed like a much-needed vacation. Traveling to Uganda as well as having an internship meant that summer was going to be all about learning, which I’m very much in favor of (even if school is out).

Everything in Uganda was a learning experience. My eyes were opened to new things, good things, bad things and things that would never have crossed my mind before. I see why studying abroad is so important for college students. There’s an incredible change that happens when studying abroad and it’s one of those things that’s difficult to explain until you’ve experienced it for yourself.

The internship I had this summer also provided me with the tools to hone up on my visual marketing and social media skills. I also had the opportunity to work with clients – and not just for school projects.

There are a lot of things in the world of marketing and advertising that aren’t the most popular and one of the harder lessons I had to learn was accepting rejection with grace and poise. To be honest it was difficult at first until I remembered that one of my professors had told me that I was in the business of rejection. I got my first taste of that this summer. At first I had a hard time with it because normally I like to try and please everyone, but I know that’s impossible so I simply had to see rejection as the norm. After that, everything seemed easy.

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