It’s the middle of May, which means only one thing: graduation season. Well…at least for all of my friends that attended universities on the semester schedule. As my Facebook news feed begins to fill up with pictures of my friends in their caps and gowns, the reality is starting to kick in that I will soon be a college graduate.
With this momentous occasion just weeks away, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on the past four years of college. Although I have only been interning in Portland for eight weeks, I’ve begun to think about how I will look back at this chapter in my college experience. Having finished all of my course requirements a quarter early, the logical move would have been to move back home to sunny Southern California or play around in Eugene for 11 more weeks. Nonetheless, I opted to stay in the Pacific Northwest just a little bit longer and pursue an internship in Portland as part of the Senior Experience.
Moving to a new city where you only know a handful of people is no easy task, especially when you have to start a new internship two days after that move. Yet despite this tough adjustment, I’ve found moving to Portland to be an incredibly rewarding opportunity.
I could have spent this spring frantically hunting for a job back home. Instead, I’m receiving real-world experience by working with a creative group of professionals who constantly inspire me to absorb all of the knowledge around me and improve upon my work.
If you are going to take anything away from this brief summary of the past eight weeks of my life, it would be to not fear veering off of your expected life course and stepping out of your comfort zone. You’ll never know what you might miss out on. I don’t know where I’ll be in a few weeks, but for now, I’m enjoying the ride.