College is about expanding your mind and preparing yourself for the “real world” you must survive in after graduation. You attend your classes, join your organizations, and take on your various leadership roles, but are you really going to be prepared to jump into any work situation as soon as you graduate?
A year ago, I felt overwhelmed by the concept of graduating in two years. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and even less of an idea how to find out. At a loss, I went to see Aimee Sapp, one of the top teachers in my major (communications). She strongly encouraged that I take an internship.
“But how do I know what internship to take?” I asked. “I don’t even know how to choose that!”
“It honestly doesn’t really matter which one you take,” she responded. “The important thing is that you get some job experience. If it ends up being in a job you really enjoy, then that’s great—you’ve gotten an idea for what you might want to do with your career! If it ends up being something you don’t like, that’s good too; at least it gives you the opportunity to scratch something off your list of possibilities and learn a little more about yourself in the process.”
Now, a year later and halfway through my two internships I decided to take, I realize just how much truth Aimee’s statements held. I will write more later in the semester about what exactly I am doing for my internships, but for now, I just want to say that I absolutely love the experience and I am so glad I decided to make taking an internship a priority. So much so, in fact, that I think every student should take at least one internship during their college career, for a couple reasons. First, you learn SO MUCH. The things you learn in the classroom are certainly important, but they can’t compare to the knowledge you gain first-hand in an internship. My mind feels like it’s about to explode with all the new information it’s taking in! Second, doing an internship gives you real-life, job-applicable experience. Internships essentially allow you to “test drive” a job before actually taking one—an unbelievably valuable opportunity. Plus, it gives you the chance to develop and hone new skills that you will be able to use when you take your first real job after graduation.
The types of jobs new graduates can choose are literally endless. Thus, each job a new graduate takes is unique to that individual. Given this wide range of possibilities, it is my opinion that nothing can completely prepare you for the first job you will take. However, I am now a firm believer in the power of internships to greatly enhance your preparations! Doing an internship during your junior or senior year will undoubtedly ease your transition from college into the real world and make you more successful in the job you choose—and you’ll have fun along the way!
Well hello there! Long time, no blog! I can’t believe we’ve already been in classes for two weeks! I guess that really goes to show that time flies when you’re having fun.
What have I been having fun doing, you ask? Well, lots of things! Between work, classes, my sorority, other campus organizations, friends and family, my schedule is packed full of fun things to keep me busy! But there’s one thing that I don’t need to put on my calendar anymore: LEAD events.
I’ve been mentioning LEAD a lot over my past several posts, but I haven’t really explained what it is. Luckily for you, this post is dedicated to LEAD and LEAD only!
LEAD stands for Leading, Educating, Achieving and Developing. This program was enacted by Dr. Barnett (our university president) in 2000 and has been going strong ever since! The intent of this $5000 tuition award is to encourage campus involvement and enhance our education here. And guess what? It’s available to any accepted WWU student! Love it!
Attending LEAD events during these past four years has been one of the highlights of my Woods experience. Lots of fun memories have been made either hanging out with my friends at a concert, listening to an inspirational speaker, or experiencing a different culture or lifestyle.
As I mentioned in my first post, I LOVE taking pictures. I’ve basically been documenting my college years ever since I stepped foot on this campus! While thinking about what I wanted to tell you about the LEAD program, I decided to look back at some of my older photos and videos. My conclusion: Man, oh man, I’ve had some fun!
As I was looking through my pictures, I noticed a recurring theme. There are three main types of LEAD events: educational, concerts and performances. I know the idea of LEAD may still seem kind of arbitrary. However, a picture speaks a thousand words, so check out these photos and enjoy!
If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to balance everything, along with the LEAD program, don’t worry! As a residential student, I only needed FOUR points per month, TWENTY by the end of the fall semester and FORTY-FIVE by the end of the year. That basically means I went to one event per week, sometimes more. (Each event lasts about an hour.)
Everyone about the LEAD program is online. The events calendar is always accessible through a link on the LEAD homepage. You can also check how many points you have just by entering your student ID on another link on the homepage. Gotta love that internet!
One time my friends calculated how much we as students are “making” attending LEAD events. It equaled out to between $150-$200! Talk about makin’ bank! Think about getting paid to cheer on your school’s team at a basketball game or laughing hysterically while your friends get hypnotized. I think that’s something we can all agree with!
The LEAD program is just one of the many unique things about William Woods, and one of the countless reasons why I chose this school as my home for four years. If getting paid for not sitting on your room and going to a fun event sounds good to you, I think you need to schedule a campus visit!
I’d better stop blabbering on about the LEAD program now because I could probably type all day! I hope you are having a fantastic week and trying to stay as warm as possible with this crazy winter weather! (For those of you who aren’t experiencing the wrath of Mother Nature-consider yourselves lucky!)
Smiles and sunshine!