Hot off the heels of the fall semester, you’d think now would be the time I could sleep for 2 weeks straight, go out with friends, and enjoy life without a care in the world. Well, in a way, it definitely is.

But, just because classes are no longer at the forefront of my mind doesn’t mean there aren’t other important things that need to get done, namely: finding an internship. I’ve been at it for about a month and a half now, and it’s been quite the process. Going through and finding the internships to apply for alone isn’t too hard, but then making sure they suit your interests, qualifications, and parameters makes the task that much harder.

You might be asking, why do I need to get an internship? The answer is one that’s best summed up in two words: forward thinking. Internships are how you show to future employers and to graduate schools that you are passionate about what you’re studying and that you’ve actually had hands-on experience to back up that sentiment. Further, it emphasizes your abilities to do good work, making you a better candidate for future internships, and eventually, full time jobs.

At the moment, I’ve yet to land one, but I’m optimistic. I’ve had about a week to rest and recuperate from the landslide of work that was this past semester. Now, rejuvenated, I can get back into the search and burrow my head into my computer in search of the right internship.

I’ll keep y’all posted, but until then, happy new year!