Preparation is the Key to Success
Establish a solid communication network with your boss.
Fully develop your commute plan.
Prepare your wardrobe for the office dress code.
Sufficiently understand/research your role in the company
Finally, keep an open mindset.
I think the open mindset could be most important. Sure, getting there matters each day as it took me a day or two to line out transportation but in the end I must be open to to whatever the culture and direction my new home, V-Soft Consulting, chose to direct me.
Welcome Home to Kentucky
As I arrived at Bellarmine University where I would reside for the next nine weeks, the vast expanse of green land, humid and rainy weather, and people wearing either UK or U of L hats established the foreign and new environment I had stepped foot in. I was not in Los Angeles anymore.
(For ya'll foreigners UK is the University of Kentucky and U of L is the University of Louisville. Two NCAA basketball powerhouses within an hour of one another where you can be sure every person either "bleeds blue or bleeds red.")
Walking through the airport there is no denying this is horse country, home of the Kentucky Derby and the most famous racetrack in the world, Churchill Downs.
Getting to Work
My First Day
My Survival in the 1st Week
this Intern's 1st Week Lessons
S...L...E...E...P | If I wasn't clear that word is sleep. Having to wake up each morning and stay engaged at the office for 8 hours straight is better done getting a good rest the night before. Sure, I was happy to catch up on my "House of Cards' watching but I paid the price the next day.
Office Chatting | There's a fine line between casual conversation and getting back to work. I think everyone happily has a brief distraction from the day's work through personal conversation, The reality is though we're here to work and the secret is knowing when to stop the chit chat.
Process & Task Management | I've been given some long range goals while maintaining daily tasks. Some of these tasks add up to the longer term objectives but not all. Making sure daily activities include working toward the overall objectives is a change from sitting down and knocking out a paper or assignment.
About Bulldogs in the Bluegrass
Why Louisville, Kentucky, you might ask? You’d be surprised. Wide-eyed interns arrive in May and leave 10 weeks later Citizens for Life.
Bulldogs in the Bluegrass brings Yalies together for life long friendships, connects students to the local Yale community and provides community networking with all the best that Louisville has to offer. But, don’t take our word for it. Check out what former Bulldogs have to say here.Come see why 40 Yale graduates have chosen to return to Louisville to begin their careers by visiting the Bulldogs in the Bluegrass website to learn more: BulldogsintheBluegrass.com
Finally, a special thanks to Bellarmine University for letting us live there during our summer internships. Great folks and a very gorgeous campus.