As we wrap up our final term of college, it is really hard to imagine life outside of academia. It seems like this moment has been a long time coming but would never arrive, and now we are embarking on the next step of our lives.
The Portland Senior Experience has been a very rewarding program and I feel so honored to be a part of the spring 2012 cohort. Throughout this term, I have been able to get to know a variety of important and interesting people which has been very special. I have also been responsible for creating a calendar for the company, acting as a social media manager for the company’s social media sites like StumbleUpon, LinkedIn and Google+, and working in media relations.
Just last week I had lunch with my manager to discuss the possibility of extending my internship through the summer. I was so nervous and embarrassed to, in simple terms, ask for a job extension; it almost seemed rude. I kept going over in my head that she was going to look at me like I was an idiot for asking, and then say no. This is not what happened. My manager was very graceful and helpful she said she would like to consider it and would love for me to stay if she could make it happen. So she didn’t say yes, but everything she did say put me at ease.
The lesson is, if you are nice and tactfully and respectfully ask if there is an opportunity available chances are it won’t be as scary as you think. The greatest lesson I have learned over these past few months is that you need to put yourself out there and get over the fear of rejection. Whether it’s asking a coworker out to lunch or asking for an extension; hold yourself to a high standard, be respectful and things will turn out as they should.
Congratulations on a great term!