Tonight, I stopped by Target to check out their clearance shoe selection (I was in search of some super cheap summery shoes) and to look for the shams that my sister wants for her new apartment with her husband (it feels weird calling John her husband, they’ve only been married for a week and a half). While I wandered around looking for things to buy, I noticed quite a few mothers shopping with their kids who are getting ready to go to college. Now don’t think that I’m a creep since I know that, but one pair was walking with a mini fridge in their cart (the son was wearing a Ball State t-shirt) and another pair was looking at the bedding and talking about what could sit beside the daughter’s bed. Both pairs just screamed, “NEW COLLEGE STUDENT” to me, an old pro at this whole going to college situation.
Oh, the memories - my freshman dorm room.
Normally, this would get me all excited because I love back-to-school shopping, and I really can’t wait to go back to Butler…but this time, I don’t feel nearly as excited. Instead, I’m kind of sad. I’ve been a real person all summer long…and it’s not that great. College kid life is the best…and I’m totally fine with being a college kid forever…or at least for longer than only one more year. Maybe I will be able to talk my Mom into taking me to Wal-Mart and Target just like we always used to when I was a kid, to get everything that I might need for school…even though that is only pens, pencils, and printer ink. I think just seeing all of the new, colorful stuff makes me feel young, and like I’m not about to enter the real world. So Mom – just humor me and take me to the store, and let’s pretend that we have entire list of stuff to get…like Elmer’s Glue and Crayola Crayons. It will be fun – I promise.
This is my first summer to ever have a 9-5 job, and it is exhausting. I get up, go to work, work all day, come home, fix dinner, blog, catch up on TV, clean the apartment, maybe see some friends, work out, and go to bed. Then I get up the next day and do it all over again. Between trying to get everything in order to live a normal life and doing other fun things too…there is no time!!! I legitimately find myself wondering about how people with kids live their lives without going crazy…because I’m about to go crazy just taking care of myself!
I probably should give myself a slight break…because normal people usually have weekends, and aren’t as social as interns are. The group of Vera Bradley interns usually has a social event at least once a week if not twice, so that takes up additional time….even though it is tons of fun. And on weekends, I am usually on the road, driving to see my family or my friends, and if I’m not, then I’m working on papers for my internship class. All of this stuff that I find myself doing makes me wish that I had a normal life. A 9-5 job, something to do on weekends every once in awhile, and a place to live for longer than 3 months, so that I don’t feel like I’m constantly getting settled in. Even though I’m not really a nomad anymore, I still feel slightly nomadic, but partially permanent. It’s a strange feeling, I’m not going to lie. But on the bright side…all of my Vera Bradley bags are getting used…a lot. And this weekend, I get to try out my newest one…the Grand Traveler. Is it bad that I’m justifying my crazy busy life just because I get to use a new bag? Yeah, I know it’s not healthy….but the bag is really cute…
Happy Snails makes me so happy...
6 months…19 applications…11 interviews…and 4 offers later….I have an internship for the summer….and I am so excited! I looked at non-profits, agencies, corporations, and small companies….and in the end….I decided to accept an offer to intern in Human Resources with Vera Bradley in Fort Wayne for the summer. Basically….I’m ecstatic. I first began to love Vera a few years ago when I started to buy their bags….and even then I started out small with only a clutch and an ID case. Now, I love Vera Bradley for so many more reasons, in addition to the actual products themselves of course. They have an amazing and unique company culture, one that I am so excited to be able to experience and get my first real working experience in.
The only downside to working in Fort Wayne this summer is that I am from southwestern Indiana….and I will be spending the summer in northeastern Indiana. So basically, I will be as far away from home as I can be, while still being in the state of Indiana. So that will make trips home more time consuming…and since my sister is getting married this summer….I might have to make the trip every once in awhile to help plan things out. And in addition to that, I’m not sure where I will be living just yet….but there is still almost a month…which is plenty of time…right?
Fort Wayne...relative to the location of my hometown...
Luckily, I am so excited for this amazing opportunity that it makes all of the difficulties and uncertainties completely fade away into the back of my mind. So….be sure to check out my blog this summer to see how I handle the transition to being away from home and Butler at the same time….and you can also check out the blog that I will be writing with Vera Bradley for the inside scoop of an intern’s experience at this amazing company!