I recently described my internship as “not so much a push outside of my comfort zone but more of a drop kick off a cliff” and I don’t think I could have come up with a moreÂ accurateÂ statement. Â (By the way the reply was, “The internship is doing what an internship should do!”) Â I am equal parts scared, excited and overwhelmed every single day. Â Being a naturally quiet person, everyday is a new lesson. Â I’m learning how to be outgoing, how to introduce myself, and how to be present in a conversation.
The other day I learned about teamwork as I watched the cadets race cadre (instructors) in building a one-rope bridge to cross the river. Â The team had to work together to tie the proper knots, support each other as they made their way across, all the way to the … Read More »
I’ve now been in Kentucky about two weeks and I feel strangely at home as I drive onto the base every morning. Â From the time I lace up my combat boots in the morning until I peel off the green socks at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else. Â The teamwork just within the interns is awesome, no one ever really is working alone and it’s a great collaborative effort.
I’ve been going out with Alpha Company to get footage for my stories and I’ve already gathered a few good stories. Â Monday, I went up one of the rock walls at the high ropes course, and I plan on doing the Â high ropes obstacle course before I leave. Â The drill sergeants are awesome and so much fun to work with and always pushing everyone to … Read More »
Â Thanks to Cindy Morehead, UF western riding instructor, for sharing her expert advice!
Maybe youâ€™ve already been to a few shows this summer.Â Hopefully, you were successful, or at least your show experience was positive!Â Even the most experienced riders can always use a few â€œtips of the tradeâ€ for the show ring, so here are some that have worked for me and my students:
Donâ€™t change things much during or right before a show.Â Keep up the same routines and, remember, it is possible to over-practice.
If you find that your horse is a little fresh at a show, sometimes lunging is actually better than riding to blow off some energy.
Always remember to bring the essentials with you to a show. . . a lunge line, water bucket, hay bag, your â€œshow stuff.â€Â Buying duplicates of some items and leaving them in … Read More »
My first week of work ended on a good note. Since it was the first week, I was more conscious of my work ethic, because a first impression plays quite a big role in a work environment. So throughout the whole time, I was enthusiastic about whatever I was getting trained into.
For the first couple of days, I shadowed my colleagues who have been working as analysts at the office for a long time. My typical work day starts with a morning stand-up meeting where my supervisor and team members will be presenting their weekly progress report on their respective tasks; this meeting will be very shortâ€” like 5-10 minutes long. After the stand-up meeting, I will have either a weekly discussion with my team members concerning our tasks for the whole week or I will have meetings to attend … Read More »
So I’m finally in Kentucky! Â I arrived last Sunday evening after 407.5 miles, one traffic jam, only getting lost once, and lots of random radio stations. I consider that a successful first long drive by myself. We had orientation on base last week, getting used to where we will be going (which might take me a couple weeks) and what we need to know about working on the base. Wednesday we had meetings with our supervisor and the interns in our â€œgroupâ€ or, in my case, the videographers and photographers together.
We decided who would be working with each company and dug in a little deeper into what was expected of us and our projects. I was placed with Echo Company, they come in on July 5th so I still have a couple more weeks until my big project begins. Until … Read More »
As the days are getting closer to start my internship, I am getting excited and nervous at the same time. Overall, I can say that I am all set with my preparation to go there and start my new journey. I had two options concerning how I am going to reach Pittsburgh: one is flight and other one is driving. I decided to go with the second option considering amount of luggage I will be carrying with me, and itâ€™s cheaper to drive from here to Pittsburgh.
By driving it takes four hours to reach Pittsburgh, so considering the amount of traffic on the highway, I decided to start early so that I can reach there in the afternoon. Fortunately, that day I got lucky with the traffic and was able to reach my destination on time. My office is located … Read More »
I’ve been a concession stand worker since I was a sophomore in high school. Â Every summer I wait for people to be hungry and a lot of different people have been on the the other side of the counter. Â A six year old learning about money, a (grumpy) old woman who wants her hot dog cut a certain way, parents, and grandparents, self-entitled 12 year olds and of course, a lot of regulars. Â This job has not only taught me a lot about the worker I am, but also how to be a better customer.
1. Patience: I work alone sometimes and it’s not uncommon for me to be filling 5 orders while a 6th tries to add theirs. Â I am always thankful for (and try to be) the customer who lets me catch my breath.
2. Be Specific:Â Please, PLEASE, PLEASE do … Read More »
Summer break has just begun for me, because as a graduate student we tend to have classes for few more weeks in comparison to undergraduate students. This summer, I will be working as an intern for R & D in Pittsburgh. Being a student, this internship means a lot to me because it represents applying whatever strategies I have learned during my graduate course work from past one year. Since my internship is based in Pittsburgh, I will be spending my whole summer over there. I am very excited about this opportunity because it will help me by giving me real experience for the professional world. Also as an intern, I will have the opportunity to learn more about my interests by working among a group of experienced people.
I still have a few days left before I start my work, … Read More »
As long as I can remember, I’ve been doing yard work, especially landscaping and mowing grass. I remember learning how to mow grass at a young age and always helping my dad out with the yard work. I must have done a good job because every once in a while, neighbors would stop by and ask if i could mow their grass for them. After my first couple jobs, I quickly loved the tax-free money. So, as the years went on, I continued to handle my yard work at home and started my own grass cutting business. I took care of several lawns and kept the jobs all through high school. I also had the opportunity to completely redo a neighborâ€™s landscaping. I went to his house, pulled out all his old shrubs and bushes, replanted new ones and laid … Read More »
Lately, Iâ€™m feeling the effects of being an Adult.
It seems like as the days go by this summer, Iâ€™m doing the same things every single day. Wake up at 6. Get to work at 7. Get off work at 3:45. Go Workout in the FRC til 6. Get home, make dinner, shower then watch TV until I fall asleep then do it all over again the next day. Itâ€™s become such a routine that I donâ€™t even need to really set an alarm anymore to wake up in the mornings. As each day passes, the weekends are something that I look forward to the most. I clean up my apartment, go grocery shopping and catch up on some rest.
This week is exciting, though, because itâ€™s payday week. I love getting paid. But the fact of the matter is most of … Read More »