Am I Ready To Be A Working Woman?

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Two phrases I commonly refer to are: “Not everything will always turn out the way we want it to.” and “Everything happens for a reason.”  

This past fall semester, I applied for the position of Student Coordinator for Orientation, which involves working all spring and summer to prepare the team of advisors, training, and orientation program for the incoming Freshman class.  I was not selected as one of the Student Coordinators but I remained optimistic about what the future would hold andthree weeks later, a new opportunity arose. My dad told me that he knew a few social workers with an office near my school in Washington D.C. and recommended that I speak with them to learn more about their careers. I happily reached out and met with one of them.  During my visit to their office, I learned about the organization and their mission, and met so many welcoming and passionate employees. I felt a strong sense of connection and community. I also learned that they had an open internships position! The more I learned about the organization and the internship opportunity, the more I wanted to work there.

A few days after my visit, I received a phone call from the office’s human resources department, encouraging me to apply for the position. I applied and with great pleasure and was offered the position. It was a major relief to find a summer job, especially after not getting the Student Coordinator position.More importantly, I was happy for the opportunity to learn more about my field of interest: social work. Looking back, I am reminded of my favorite phrases: everything happens for a reason and I was where I was meant to be.  

I was very nervous for my first day because this. was my first office joband I had no idea what to expect. I had no details other than to show up at 9 am. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by my boss and her kind and welcoming nature put me immediately at ease.She led me to my cubicle and introduced me to the team I Shortly after, I sat in on a meeting and started working on a small project. As the day went on, my nerves lessened and  my excitement for all that was to come rose. Later in the week, I was assigned a large project that would take up a majority of my internship. It was a very difficult project and took me a while to get the hang of it, but by the end of it the summer, I gained a deeper understanding, developed a rhythm and was able to see how much I had learned and improved. The internship was also a great networking opportunity and I set up meetings with employees with social work and other backgrounds like public health. My experience as an intern this past summer opened my eyes to working life in the real world and gave me a glimpse of all the opportunities ahead. What began as a fear of growing up and becoming an “adult” has turned into excitement for experiencing life as a working adult.


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