I just finished my first week at my summer internship. Things have been going great so far. I love it here in the apartment and the area around it. A lot of things are in walking distance so that I don't need car. I found a few new shops and restaurants that I would love to venture to. I also found the exercise room and the pool for the apartment I'm staying in.
Here's a recap of my week:
Saturday: Moved into the apartment with my roommate and went grocery shopping. Unpacked everything and got settled in.
Sunday: Nothing. I pretty much did nothing all day. I took it as a free day to relax and just be comfortable before I started my internship the next day. My boss stopped by to see if we were settled in and to tell me and my roommate where we'd be working. My roommate and I are both interns at the same place but in different departments.
Monday: I woke up early around 5 am because of a garbage truck picking up the recycling and trash. I grumbled, turned over, and then went back to sleep where I woke up around 6:45. I decided then to just read until I absolutely had to get up and get ready for work.
Around 7:40 I leave the apartment and drive to work. I really don't know how I missed it when I went to the apartments. My boss wasn't kidding, it is in walking distance. So I arrived around 7:45-7:50ish and head over to the building where I was directed. The door was locked. I knew my boss wouldn't be there because she was on vacation (a friend of hers offered her family the use of their beach house for free -- i don't blame her for going), and i knew one of my co-workers/supervisors wouldn't arrive until 9:15.
At that point, i go back to my car and wait...and wait...and wait until about 8:15 when someone arrived. At this point, three things bothered me: 1) the dump truck waking me up so early, 2) arriving early to my internship (which started at 8) and no one else arriving till later, and 3) it wasn't business casual. I was told during my interview that clothing was business casual but when one of my co-workers/supervisors showed up i noticed right away it was relaxed dress. I could have saved room in my suitcase.
So, when i get into the building i am directed to my office and i log-into everything i need. I goof around the computer until Lyn, my helper for the week, arrived and took me on a tour on campus. She knew I was a Hollins graduate and a multiple and she had to tell everyone we met; about the latter. She just loved the story.
After the tour i goofed around more on the computer, had lunch with everyone of my co-workers/supervisors, and then headed out at 1pm. (I work from 8-1). My roommate and I headed to the movie theaters that afternoon.
Tuesday: I woke up around 7:15 and didn't leave the apartment until about 7:50-7:55 since the drive is so close. I learned a new part of the Advancement Office. It was all about marketing and social media. Another intern, Kenya, and I got along. She's African-American, a year out of college, and is a Virgo like me. Our birthdays are 3 days apart!
I learned how to use the mail machine. It helps seals envelopes before distribution.
Wednesday: At work, i learned about the program Raiser's Edge. Its a database program. Its tedious. Its boring. Everyone in my office knows and agrees with that statement. I was given a packet to read and go over the program. Some of my supervisors say to go over it "when you have nothing to do because its very boring". Also, I should hide whenever something with the database needs to be done.
I took a walk around outside. I stumbled upon the pool the apartment user's use. It's an outdoor pool by the river. I would have used it since its been so hot this past week, but I wasn't changed and there was no shade at all outside so I was sure I was going to burn very easily. Plus (as weird as it sounds), I didn't want to walk in the heat to it, cool off, and then walk in the heat back to the apartment. Also, I just recently washed my hair and I didn't want to have to wash my hair twice in a matter of a few days.
Thursday: I learned about Alumni Relations and Events about the school. Since I'm an alumni to two schools now, I pretty much understood everything that was mentioned. For the rest of the day I either continued to read the packet on Raiser's Edge or watched videos on YouTube.
Today I learned that I get two days off for Independence Day weekend. So my plan is to travel home after my last day of work that week (Tuesday), spend some time there, and then head back to the apartment Saturday so I don't have to deal with holiday traffic. Plus, while I'm home i need to pick up a few things and get something for my car.
My sisters and one of my brothers dropped by today. They were traveling to have a meeting at my sister's grad school and to look at apartments. They stopped by my apartment so I could give them a gps they left in my car. It was a quick visit but it was good to see them.
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