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 Coffee, Sticky 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.