As I’m writing this, I’m looking at the calendar and it’s finally starting to sink in that I have four days left at my summer internship. Four days! By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be on my way back to Wisconsin, a much changed person. I am hoping to sum up for you what I’ve learned from my summer internship. I won’t know the full effect of my summer for some time. Maybe Laura will let me write a follow-up post once I get it all figured out . To start the process of reflection, I made a mind map just to get things down on paper. Here’s the result.
- Challenge: different school, different functional area, away from home for an extended period of time
- It’s hard to find a good coffee place – when you do, hold on! (Absolutely fell in love with White House Coffee when it opened at the end of June.)
- Lurking is Learning! (Especially online – read blogs, get on Twitter, etc.)
- Worked on my photography skills
- New Friends – I will miss them all!
- Professional Development
- Know Myself Better
- Chutzpa: My UWW boss said in an email this summer that I have this. It goes along with gumption.
- Questioning – in a good way, to expand my frame of reference
- Connections: in-person, stronger with people back home, my own blog, Twitter, & Next Generation Student Affairs Blog (I’m now a contributor)
- Ready for graduation and to start my Student Affairs career (May 2011!!)
- Even deeper appreciation for nature
- Unable to be repeated…ever.
- Relaxation: Destressed from the last two years of graduate school.
- Willingness to take the leap into the unknown
- Appreciative for the opportunity
- It’s ALWAYS about the journey!
- Too short!
- Sad that it’s ending
That is what I have come up with so far. My experience is far from over though. I have a few projects to wrap up. I have to pack up my entire life, put it in my car and drive home. On my last night in La Grande, my office is throwing a BBQ for me as a way to say goodbye. It’ll be fun and at the same time hard. I was just getting into the groove and I’m not ready to say goodbye just yet. However, every destination reached is the starting point for a new journey.
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