Don’t Forget About School


Homework is that much harder when you're doing the job you want.

Homework is that much harder when you’re doing the job you want.

A week into my internship, I’ve found that I keep forgetting where I am and what I’m doing outside of work.

Don’t worry, it’s not amnesia or anything else to be concerned about. Rather, I am putting myself in a professional environment and loving every second of it. At the moment, my days are filled with fact checking and researching story pitches. But all I want to do is  fact check and research the best way I possibly can.

Herein lies the problem—I’m forgetting that I’m in the last term of senior year.

It’s interesting when you spend three-and-a-half years building up to the moment you can use that degree you’ve just spent an unspeakable amount of money on. Finally, you get an amazing opportunity to get a major head-start on what you’re doing, but need to take care of some credits before you do. When I put myself in a work environment, I really put myself in a work environment. My mind is trying to push out everything that doesn’t relate to the daily tasks.

It’s a blessing being able to take my graduation requirements while I’m working at the publication. But, I keep forgetting that I have homework and reading to do when I come home. A week in, I’m finally getting the hang of remembering to do my various assignments (largely in thanks to a disgusting amount World Cup CoffeeSticky Notes and reminders on my phone).

Amidst all of this chaos, I have found some tranquility in the silver lining: so far, it seems, I’m doing what I’m meant to do. The fact that I’m pumped to go up to the office every day and get my work done is a testament in itself. The fact that every other form of work takes back seat is another.

But, I need to remember to put my excitement aside—for the next couple of weeks, at the least. “Growing up,” as we’ve always known it, is an event that should be enjoyed and savored. It wouldn’t be worth anything if I didn’t get these last credits out of the way.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 Responses to Don’t Forget About School

  1. littlebrittanyb says:

    You have made an excellent point Branden. I definitely forget to stop and smell the roses outside the window when I am currently sorting through the pile of papers on my desk. Being immersed isn’t a bad thing, but I agree that looking up from your work really puts things into perspective. It’s an odd sensation to have homework and a job that feels like the real deal. I tend to forget that I am still a student because I am so comfortable at my desk.

  2. pdxsx says:

    Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job at your internship and really pulling a lot from the opportunity! Keep up the outstanding work for the next 8 weeks and you’ll be fantastic! Build the portfolio, make connections and kick serious ass every day!

  3. jackiemc90 says:

    Brittany I forget I’m a student all the time too, it’s hard to separate all the compartments of our lives right now. Branden, it’s awesome that you’re liking work so much, keep it up!

  4. Summer Luu says:

    Branden, I feel ya on the professional/student struggle. I am very comfortable at my desk and with my responsibilities now and in the future and sometimes I forget that I need to write my Disney corporate essay or keep up with my other credits because technically, I’m “full time” taking 12 credits here. It’s definitely a balance that you learn as you go and experience more of your work and school. I want to remind you though that since it is your LAST term of college, enjoy it, and really enjoy being a student and all the privileges that are given to us, that goes for the rest of the PDX cohort as well

  5. andrewsch90 says:

    Hang in there Brandon! It can be exhausting giving it your all during your internship and then having to commit yourself to homework when you get home. I think balancing work and school will become even easier once you get more comfortable with your new routine.

    Thanks for the World Cup Coffee recommendation. I’m always looking for new places to try out.

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