I began my 600 hour internship today at SUNY Adirondack. It’s one of my last major tasks to complete before I get my masters degree. Initially I was nervous, as any person is before they begin working someplace new; but as the day came to an end, I found myself enjoying the work immensely. Now I haven’t exactly done much, merely observed today and helped prepare a couple things, but the people.
I always find it difficult to meet new people, let alone new groups of people. And that’s what today was. Me, one person I knew, and about a dozen I didn’t. Needless to say, I had a somewhat difficult time in the morning, but towards the afternoon I began to lighten up a bit, open up and talk with some of the students and my co-workers. I found, as usual, that my new co-workers and the students who work in that office are an awesome bunch and I couldn’t be happier to be working with them.
Just this one day solidified that student affairs is the place for me. Whether it be in Upward Bound or Residence Life or Student Activities or a Learning Center or any other location on campus. As long as I have interaction with students, I’m pretty sure that I’ll enjoy it. I think the only other thing that would satisfy me just as much would be tutoring or teaching mathematics.
I’m beginning to realize that it’s possible to have a career and do what you’re passionate about. For me, that’s invaluable because much of my family has always done what’s necessary to have a sufficient income, but I want more. I want to be able to live a brilliant life where I can be passionate and work. I see no reason to separate the two, and too many people that I know have done that because they see or know of no other way.
So why do I say all this?
First of all, I really do enjoy my new co-workers and I hope that I can continue to work with them long after my internship is over.
Second, I want to encourage others to work towards combining your passion and your job. “If you do what you love*, you will never work a day in your life. (Marc Anthony)”
So this internship, I’m sure you’ll hear about it again. For now though, I’m gonna enjoy it.
*I don’t necessarily agree with the word love here, I think it’s vastly overused, you’ll probably see an article sometime soon about that