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  • Amanda Osborn 3:21 pm on October 24, 2011 Permalink
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    Balancing Interning with School and Work 

    I have a fair amount on my plate this semester:

    It’s a pretty hectic workload. I constantly have my planner with me and my phone is pretty much always buzzing with new emails or other work- or class-related updates. More often than not I need to prepare in advance if I have a major assignment due or an event to facilitate around the same time as a friend’s birthday or an evening out with friends.

    Still, this type of workload isn’t impossible to maintain on top of getting sleep and having a social life. If you’re busy like me, the keys to success are balance, time management, and knowing when to say “no.” I have my working days scheduled so that I can focus on whatever task I’m doing, or whatever role I’m playing, during the working week. On the flip side, weekends are all mine; I won’t do anything aside from social activities or homework on a weekend. I plan in advance to make sure I’ll start studying ahead of time for that big exam and won’t have to pull an all-nighter to finish that research paper. I’m not afraid to politely, but firmly, say no if I know that it is not at all realistic for my mental health or physical well-being to take on more responsibility, even if it is only for one event or project.

    When balancing so many commitments, it’s key to make sure that there’s also time in my schedule so that I can take care of me. (Never underestimate the energizing effect of a solid night’s sleep!) What also helps is that these are all things I love to do. (Well, aside from taking General Education requirement classes.) I’m fortunate to be doing things that I love, so it isn’t as hard as one would think to balance all these commitments. Although of course there are days when I’d love to hit the snooze button when my alarm goes off in the early hours of the morning!

    • Julia Beyer 7:38 pm on November 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Amanda,
      I really like this blog post. I will feature it in the SOC Spot newsletter. Please let me know if this is not okay with you. -Julia Beyer

  • Allison Godfrey 2:13 pm on March 17, 2011 Permalink
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    Transition from Spring to Summer 

    It’s beginning to look like spring in D.C. (finally) but the transition from spring internships to summer internships has already begun. All of my internship applications are in and a lot of places have passed their summer internship deadlines. I’m not sure where I’ll end up working this summer and I might even stay at my current internship at HOTT (The House of the Temple). Wherever I’ll be, I can’t wait for it to be summer already (and spring has barely begun).

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    • miranda78 6:29 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I know a lot of people who are in the same position as you about summer internship prospects. Hang in there!

  • Danielle Wilsey 7:18 pm on February 27, 2011 Permalink
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    Where Coursework and Real Work Intersect 

    So this semester, I am enrolled in a Non-Profit Management class at American. So far, it has covered the basics of creating the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, fundraising, the board and many, many other things! Although the topics change from week to week, there is one long-term project that our professor has us working on which will turn into a final paper: an organizational analysis of a successful non-profit organization. Lucky for me, I just so happen to work at one!!

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    • miranda78 6:12 pm on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is great you are able to find connections between your career and class work. I find it really motivates you then to see the value of both educational experiences.

  • Danielle Wilsey 5:25 pm on February 8, 2011 Permalink
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    “Yeeeah, did you get the memo?” 

    My undergraduate experience (probably like everyone else’s), was FULL of research papers, response writing and never ending library hours. With MLA, APA, Turabian and more, my head was swimming with citation styles, footnotes, end-notes and every other note I can think of! Not until I had reached grad school did I actually write my first memo. A one-page, concise, critical analysis of a major topic – just the facts, and as briefly as possible – and not quite like the lame Office Space reference in my title…

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    • miranda78 3:08 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One time I had to write a memo, too, and it was very difficult since I had no past experience writing one as an undergraduate student. Being concise in your writing, though, is def. a good useful skill for the future, so it is great that your internship is allowing you to practice this skill and learn about a new policy.

    • Francine Blume 6:29 pm on February 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It is so important to take what could be a thesis and condense it into a one pager for your audience. Everyone’s time is short and their attention spans are even shorter. Congratulations on your success!

      • Danielle Wilsey 4:09 pm on February 14, 2011 Permalink

        Absolutely – time is money and everyone wants to do things as quickly as possible!

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