Internship Diary: Expect the Unexpected

[dropcap letter=”I”] think the best part of life is expecting the unexpected. Just when you think you have everything figured out, you’re absolutely wrong. That’s the beauty of it.

At the start of 2020, I thought I had my entire year planned out, although, with COVID-19 that was not the case. Throughout this year’s chaos, interning for PATTERN was one of the few things that have felt normal to me. The thought of my final year at college being completely altered because of COVID-19 was terrifying. I felt lonely, confused, and angry. The sense of normal PATTERN has brought me through these lonely, confused, and angry times is something I will forever be grateful for.

In the midst of August, I remember frantically scrolling through Handshake to find an internship for the fall semester. As I saw PATTERN pop up on my screen I thought that there would be no chance of me getting this internship.
Although, I knew if I didn’t at least submit my resume, I would never know if I would get the chance of getting it. After submitting my resume on a whim, I received an exciting email from Khaila asking me to come in for an interview. A few days later I got the email offering me an internship position.

This experience has allowed me to grow into a better person. Being a better communicator in my professional and personal life has improved. During this internship, every day is different. When I walked into the office each workday, I didn’t know if I was going to attend a specific event, run errands, or go to a photoshoot and get behind the scenes content. Being someone who struggles with anxiety and wanting to have specific tasks planned out, experiencing this aspect of uncertainty was difficult at first. However, as I got more comfortable in my position, I was able to go with the flow of not knowing what to expect.

If there’s one lesson that you take from this internship diary, it should be not being afraid to take risks. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone. You never know what good can come out of it.

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