This blog is written by our Florida State University Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, Caitlin. If you go to FSU and would like to blog for us - please comment here and Caitlin will be in touch! Go Noles!
Unfortunately, with busy schedules as college students, it’s often difficult to find time in your schedule to do everything. That’s okay. I was disappointed when I realized I wasn’t able to fit an internship into my schedule this summer. As a campus ambassador, I started to feel like I wasn’t doing the right thing by not having an internship. I started to question whether or not this would be something that would negatively impact me. Then I realized, everything is okay.
As an involved student on campus, I stay busy during the year with commitments to the organizations that I am a part of. At the end of the year, I became a member of the 2011 Executive Board for the Student Alumni Association, one of the largest student organizations at Florida State University, as the Associate Director of Recruitment. I was so excited when I got this position because everything the job entailed was right up my alley! In this role, I’ve had the opportunity to network, prepare and present presentations, introduce new FSU students and families to SAA, and represent the organization as a whole.
I also decided to take 2 classes this summer to lighten my course load for the Fall and Spring semesters when I stay busiest. One class I’m taking is a literature class that I need to finish as one of my general education classes. The other classes I’m taking is one of the hardest classes in my major. I wanted to make sure that I had the time to dedicate to a class that would require a lot of my attention. I wish that I would have taken summer classes earlier in my collegiate career because I’ve realized that you’re in a much more laid back environment and it is easier to stay on top of all of the information.
Internships can certainly help better your future and develop yourself as an individual. But in the end, you are the one that has the power to become a better, stronger you! At the end of the day, it is important to make sure that you take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to you! I realized that getting ahead in my education and working with an organization that I am passionate about, I have learned more about myself, what I am interested in, and where my strengths lie. I know that one day this will help me in my future. One of my favorite quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a French writer and author, sums this up well, “As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” Make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you today to better your tomorrow!