August, September, then somehow comes to February.

A month of searches and fees.

The moon fell on edits and stories.

The month was delayed in preparing for interviews and making decisions about my future career.

In freshman year we are told to adapt, to be comfortable,

We were told to branch out and try new things!

However, August turns into September, then somehow comes to February.

In the month when we prepare for our specialties,

A month that we can identify and declare our greatest passions,

The moon we realize that college is moving in the blink of an eye.

Before we know it, this is our first class summer.

Although I couldn’t wait to finish my first year, I closed my eyes and I’m in my second year.

Now that my second year is coming to an end, I had to compile a list of possible internships across the country.

For the first time in my life think about living truly alone.

When I look back on this second summer, a summer that can help decide my career,

I smile, worry and pray.

I pray to get an interview,

I pray that the internship I received confirmed my hobbies,

I pray it will be a summer filled with opportunities and growth.

However, it’s February now and I can’t help but think that six months ago my only concern was to adjust to college and COVID-19. But college and classes lead to the real world – a world I understood closer than I can imagine. So how do I prepare for summer before sophomore year? By finding, collecting and applying. By editing and storytelling. As freshmen, we are all told that it is normal not to know what we want to do with our life or career, but the truth is that when the second year comes, internships are extremely important for gaining professional experience. Sometimes this experience may not be what we saw ourselves initially, but I have learned that sometimes it is more important to learn about who we are, how we work and how we deal with problems, rather than succumbing to pressure. As hard as I press the send button on every internship application, I think about who I will be after my second summer course, who I will be if I work at a real job surrounded by teachers who understand the careers and goals I have set. So even though August turned into September, which turned into February, I am grateful and prepared. Prepared to grow into a business lady I would like to emulate.

You can contact MiC columnist Simon Roberts at sirobert@umich.edu.

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