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  • Claire Wolfe 6:11 pm on March 6, 2012 Permalink
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    Live, Learn, and Intern 

    After a lot of confusion, stress, and heart-to-hearts with various friends and family members, I declared my major at the end of last semester.  I decided to set my sights on a B.S. in Economics.  I really enjoy learning about economics and the information is so relevant to every day life, so I figured that it would be a good fit for me.  Plus, I’ve always secretly wanted to be a high-powered CFO and this track could lead me in the right direction. 

    I should probably mention that I seriously considered a broad range of other subjects before settling on economics.  These include, but are not limited to, anthropology, psychology, biology, and business administration.  To say the least, I’m a little bit indecisive.  To make it worse, I have no idea what I want to do with my life.  Declaring my major, I thought, would put me one step closer to figuring it out.  At the beginning of this semester, I was beyond excited to start my internship and, hopefully, really enjoy my work.

    Internships give you a real-life experience.  You may not be doing really intense work, but working in the same office as people with power, waking up early, and being in a professional setting make any internship a valuable experience.  You learn so much, about the work and about yourself.  At my internship, I’ve realized that this really isn’t something that I would want to do for the rest of my life.  I’m not really interested in working at a desk or in front of a computer every day and I really don’t like math very much.  These are realizations that, sure, may put me back a little further while figuring out what I want to do, but make me a little more confident that what I end up doing will be the best for me.  This internship is a great experience for me and I truly value the opportunity.  Maybe it will help me find what I really do like to do.  Fingers crossed.

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    • Francine Blume 4:55 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Did an internship help you decide on your major? I have to say that the cool thing about economics is that you can study the economics of anything. You will be an expert and you will be highly desired. You can absolutely integrate economics and an apology because anthropology is the study of culture and our culture decides what’s of value. There’s a huge amount of psychology that goes and economics, again understanding why people value something and what moves. Consumer confidence, etc. Biology is a huge field and the economic implications of biological research are even bigger a solid business administrator really needs to understand economics in order to see their place in the world.

  • Paul Lopreiato 9:30 pm on June 3, 2011 Permalink
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    A Baseball Card Introduction 

    All (two) women in my life knew what company they wanted to work for. They established a goal, educated themselves, and worked to get to it. Currently, both are where they want to be.

    I am the opposite. I have no shining corporation on the (metaphorical) hill that I want to join. I think that makes me somewhat like the person I imagine reading this post. I’ve got professional interests – communication and marketing – and I’ve got a strong sense of who I am. It’s sort of a flowchart for life. (More …)

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    • Francine Blume 6:35 pm on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What a great post! A person really does need to know who they are before they can start pursuing a specific career path. You have to answer to yourself more than anyone else. You have to make yourself happy and fulfilled. So you’ve got a great attitude and good luck with the process! Love the baseball card by the way.

  • Allison Godfrey 1:41 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink
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    Thinking Ahead (too much) 

    Organization can be great sometimes. When you’re ahead on your work, tasks at your internship, or whatever it is you’re working on- it’s always a good feeling. Or when you know you’ve laid out specific times to get things done- you can feel more at ease with your workload. Between working at my internship, my job at the career center, a full load of classes (that are not very easy), and being on the executive board for my sorority- I’ve had to become a pro with time management. For the past two semesters, I’ve been constantly calculating my next move. But who am I kidding, even before Junior year I was a planner. It’s just my nature.

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    • miranda78 5:30 pm on April 11, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I know a lot of people in the same situation for you. It is extremely frustrating! Hopefully, this makes you feel better so you know you are not alone in these sentiments.

    • Linda Benesch 6:13 pm on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I know the feeling, I applied for about 6 different internships and I’ve only heard back from one so far (with a rejection) and it is so frustrating. I really like your attitude of trying to embrace the unexpected, that’s what I will try to do too.

  • Allison Godfrey 3:52 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink
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    Loving History, D.C., and Scottish Rite Freemasonry 

    Working at the Career Center for the past two and a half years, it’s surprising that it has taken me this long to write for the intern blog! I’m currently a junior and I am majoring in history with a minor in sociology. I officially fell in love with history at the age of eleven and knew when I was applying for college that it would be what I would major in. Since starting school at American, I cannot tell you how many times someone has asked me: “So what are you going to do with your degree/after you graduate?”

    Whenever I get asked that question, I just want to pause time for a moment and scream. (More …)

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    • Jessica Beasley 4:01 pm on January 24, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yay!! Our first intern blogger of the semester 🙂 Great post!

    • miranda78 3:53 pm on January 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have never heard of Public History, and I think it sounds very interesting! Your internship sounds exciting, and I cannot wait to read more about it… I am working in the Career Center this semester, and part of my job will be to read posts so definitely keep them coming! 🙂

    • Jennifer Carignan 5:53 pm on January 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow! What an amazing place to intern! I can’t wait to learn more about the history of The House of the Temple and the work you’re doing there.

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