Deep Thoughts Post-internship
My annoying Aunt keeps telling me that I should be the President of the United States, but I’m not really sure what I want to do just yet. I have been to New York, London, and Paris and I really enjoy experiencing the culture. But my hometown of Chicago is the city I have chosen for my studies. I chose University of Illinois at Chicago to learn about business. I came to Konrad+King, prior to the semester starting, for a brief marketing internship.
Now that I have completed my marketing internship, I have these three questions I hope to answer during my next four years:
1. How is my college experience going to prepare me for the real world?
I would like to know how my time over the next four years will teach me how to survive in the “real world”. Will the university teach me how to better interact with human beings? How will my mentors provide me the skills to start my career and better my life? Although college is a time for learning, I think the subjects learned should not just be academic. I hope for the ability to generate strong business and non-business relationships.
2. What marketing strategies are effective for what kinds of businesses?
I aim to grasp lessons in my area of study. As a marketing major, I would like to better my knowledge about constructing effective marketing strategies. I want to be prepared to work; to further the mission and exposure of the organization I represent. All businesses are different and I would to be confident in my ability to deliver campaigns for all different types of businesses.
3. What am I living for?
Beyond the practical, I want to understand my purpose in life. Someone asked me last week what I was living for, and after pondering it I had no conclusion. I have gone through my whole life and have not had someone ask me what my life goals are. As the next chapter in my life approaches I have accepted the fact that I do not know the answer to this simple yet incredibly complex query.
Over the last two weeks I have been faced with many questions that I don’t know the answer to, and I am beginning to learn that not knowing the answer is OK. The traditional desired outcome of going to college is getting an education and degree, but I long for more. I want to leave college with a degree and also some life lessons.
If you could go back, what would you do that you didn’t get a chance to? What would you do again, given the chance? What advice do you have for me in this time of transition and growth?