As a senior just home from a study-abroad program in London, I knew I’d have to put in some serious hours at work to make up for all the money I spent at London’s Camden Market and Topshop! Consequently, the last thing I wanted to read on the top of Proctors internship application was “All internships are unpaid.” Luckily, as cliché as it sounds, I was paid in life experience.
One of the most important things I learned while interning at Proctors was to be humble. I learned that there are times as an intern, and in life, where you should be offering your opinion, times when you shouldn’t, times when you should be talking, times when you should be listening, times when you should be collaborating, and times when you should be doing things on your own. You really do have to crawl before you can walk, so to speak.
On the first day at Proctors, I felt a lot like Ferris Bueller playing a loud horrible noise on his clarinet then proudly proclaiming, “Never had one lesson.” I didn’t know much but thought I knew it all. Earlier that day, my mother reminded me that I don’t know everything, and I laugh now about how true that is.
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