For the past three weeks, I have experienced many transitions that put me in the category of a “big kid.” In grade school, my friends and I would always role play being older kids. I dreamed of the day I would sit at a desk and have my sticky notes. Well, now that day has come and sometimes I wish I could still “play” being a big kid. The recent AT&T commercials reminds me that I once had a similar perception and imagination of the world. We shouldn’t forget about our imaginations, even as big kids.
Part of becoming a “big kid” is creating a career/corporate persona, as Alexandra Levit stated. To be honest, this is kind of a scary concept. But if you think about it, we have been creating this career/corporate persona our whole lives. As we all go through this transition period from students to professionals, we should never forget to be ourselves. Yes, we have all grown up and past our awkward stages, but we are still the same person. Going into a professional setting, especially a brand new place, it is easy to try and be person that you aren’t in order to impress your boss. Even though we have big kid responsibilities, I would still encourage us to be ourselves. That is one thing I have learned at my internship. People want to know about you and the kind of person you are, so be honest with them and yourself. You never know the kinds of things you will have in common with the people you work with.