I used to have a spinning instructor who would do anything in her power to push me to my limits. My friend and I would sit on the bikes in the second to last row to the left hand side hoping she wouldn’t pick on us to pedal faster. It wasn’t until my third class in that I actually let it all go and hit the ground pedaling (quite literally). I found myself inspired by her echoing voice. She always yelled the same thing:
“If you’re not pushing yourself as hard as you can go, you’re only hurting yourself!”
With that, I went about the rest of the classes pushing myself as hard as I could go and telling myself that giving up wasn’t an option. I finished the series of classes feeling content, accomplished and proud that I made my time there worth while.
I like to think of my internship in the same way. It feels like it was just yesterday that we were all arriving in Portland and meeting each other for the first time. We had our first weeks at our jobs and were excited and confused and overwhelmed with joy – all at once! It feels like just last week that I was able to introduce myself as, “I’m Kylee. It’s my first week here!” However, that isn’t the case anymore. We are ending our SIXTH week at our internships, and it’s coming down to discovering what we accomplished the entire time.
I sat down earlier this week and took out samples of work I’ve done over the course of my internship. I laid them on the floor. After physically seeing my work and being able to hold it in my hands, I had the most rewarding feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction, but I also felt the need to do more. I made a list of things I wanted to practice while still at my internship and placed it in my work folder.
These final weeks are big. They’re HUGE. We’re having to prove our worth like never before, and we have no choice but to keep peddling for better and pushing for the best. Here are a few ideas to make these last weeks the best yet:
- Keep things fresh: Seek out ways to improve writing skills. It never hurts to brush up on new techniques to keep writing fun, interesting and brilliant!
- Become a better storyteller: We’re always being told that reading makes a better writer – it’s true! When you read great work, you create great work. When you create great work, you’re able to tell better stories. So read!
- Open up: Make a point to get to know as many people as you can. Even if it’s just having a short conversation with them each morning by the coffee machine – just get out there and mingle. You never regret new connections, right?
I’m not leaving until I cross off my list, and I know you’re all the same way. Is there something you’re dying to do? DO IT. Are you waiting for that perfect moment to ask the CEO to coffee? DO IT. Do it all and cross off your final to-do list. We’ve been waiting for this moment to come along for such a long time, and we’ve worked so hard to get here. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it. Don’t waste a second. Push through and get as much as you can out of it because “if you’re not pushing yourself as hard as you can go, you’re only hurting yourself.”