An Insight to Internship

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Unfolded here, is the story of my internship experience.

The first few weeks were scary in more than one way.

  1. This happened to be the first time I was “doing a job”.
     I’ve never had to sit in front of a laptop and a desktop in an air-conditioned room from 8 am to 5 pm, pretending to know what I’m supposed to do. I had no idea how I was going to tolerate this day after day. Especially since I was hungry the whole time. The insight? I realized I preferred being a kid who only had homework to worry about. Damn, too late.
  2. I had to move.
     Since I was a little too far from my place of work, the daily commute to and fro was tiring. I figured I could do with a little less exhaustion, so I moved to a new place where I lived by myself. After only a couple of hours, I began to miss my old roommates. Lesson learned: you might consider living in a car when you live with four other roommates, but you’ll yearn to go back the second you walk out.
  3. I missed the life at university.
    It is hard to put into words; how university feels like. You meet different people. Some stick with you through thick and thin. Some leave the party too soon, so to speak. You do stuff that you weren’t aware that you were capable of. Somewhere along the line, you get the general ability to deduce the nature of human beings. You race after deadlines of various assignments, quizzes, presentations, reports and examinations (not to mention the deadly group projects). You wish all that would come to an end soon. But when it is over, you realize that somehow, you’ve been having the best time of your life.
  4. UI/UX Designing wasn’t my first choice.
     I wanted to do the internship as a Business Analyst. But instead, I got into UI/UX field. I had a lot of friends who were already pros in the field, so I wasn’t sure if my potentials were up to any acceptable standard. To add to the list of worries, I was the only UI/UX intern who was selected, so I was kind of on my own. Well, you don’t always end up with what you want.
  5. I missed my friends.
     I was so used to see them everyday, be with them everyday; that I had almost taken my friends for granted. The internship came in as a hard blow as we were scattered among a number of different companies, having different working cultures. We met once a week for a couple of hours, that came in as heavenly treats. The truth that we all overlooked, was the fact that our lives were changing rapidly. But what mattered was the knowledge that they’ll always be there, and that you can always count on them through all the ups and downs.

In a nutshell, not the awesomest first few weeks. But trust me, everything gets better eventually. It may look like the end of the world, but you can always find the silver lining. For the moment, let me tell you this.

You don’t have to feel perfect all the time. Sometimes, it’s okay to be just okay.

Originally published at on October 21, 2017.