The most important thing anyone should know in college is to plan your career junior year! You should start looking at internships before than, but definitely take the time during Junior year to figure out what you want to do. If you wait until Senior year, it may be too late. For example, I am a Junior now and I found out that in order to get a schalorship to get my MBA I need to do more leadership and community service. Right now I have a year to do it. Had a waited until next year I would have been out of time since the application is due in October.
Besides that, it took a long time to figure out what kind of job that I want. I went to the career fair hosted at Fontbonne and did not see any jobs that I liked. Being a Buisness major, there are many jobs that are not of interest to me. But then I found a company that I was interested in: Nordstrom! I applied for the internship and they gave it to me next summer. Had I waited until next year I would be a year behind!
It is very fulfilling to know what I am going to do after I graduate. Many people take a year off and then decide what they are going to do. I would advise anyone not to do that.
I am very excited for this summer. I got an internship with Nordstrom for next year! I applied for it this year and since I do not have any retail experience, they want me to take a regular sales position this year instead. Hopefully after I complete the internship next summer, I will get a job. I recently talked to my manager to get things set up. I start May 12.
It is very important to figure out your career Junior year of college. This is the time to look for internships and decide if/how you want to go to grad school. The reason for this is because if you wait until Senior year, it might be too late. You don’t have lots of time to meet qualifications you might need. For example, this year I found out that in order to get a scholarship for an MBA program, I need to do more leadership and community service. Right now, I have the whole year to do it and still put it on my application. If I waited until Senior year, it would be hard to find things that I could do in the beginning of the year on time so that I could include it on my application.
I am sooooo glad that I have a plan and that I am not confused what to do after I graduate!
There is one thing that I cannot live without. It’s white with small gold polka dots and filled with writing. It follows me wherever I go. It’s my planner. If you don’t have a planner…GET ONE. You can even use the calendar on your phone if that is easier for you. I’m telling you, it has changed my life. In high school, I never had a planer. I was constantly forgetting about important assignments due or meetings to attend. That hardly happens now! The only reason I can remember to do half the things I do is because I have my trusty planner.
As soon as I get the syllabus for each class, I write the assignment and the due date in my calendar. If you are weird like me, you will love to color code each different course. I like to open up my planner and see what is due for the whole entire week.
Also, write a to-do list in your planner everyday. There is no better feeling than crossing something off of your to-do list. Make a small little list every day. Whatever you don’t get done on that day, just write it down for next day until you get it done.
Get your life together and get a planner!
Done with one year and on to planning the next. That’s how my summer started. I went on a four-day retreat with the exec team on the Fontbonne Activities Board. It was a time to complete some deep planning for events for the next school year and also a great time for team bonding. This is so important because making special connections with our coworkers will help us be more cohesive and excited about the event programming we do.
The retreat was at Innsbrook Resort in Wright City, Missouri. We stayed in a cozy chalet, which is similar to a condo setup. There were nine students and one advisor. We fit fairly comfortably though. Within the private resort, there were multiple lakes, woods to explore, tennis courts, golf courses, horseback riding, and more. Most of our free time was spent in the woods and lakes. And inside playing Just Dance on the Wii and Disney karaoke. Not to brag, but we are a pretty fun (and goofy) group. A majority of our planning sessions occurred outside on the back deck. We had a nice bonfire going out there in the evenings.
Although we had a lot of fun and silly moments, we were very productive as well. Myself and the rest of the board are very excited for the upcoming events for the ’14-’15 school year. The Fontbonne community is about to experience some great performers, spirit weeks, and off campus events (which is just the tip of the iceberg). I’m already really looking forward to the next school year. But before that, I’ve got a whole summer to experience!
The FAB '14-'15 exec board with our advisor