Trust Yourself.

by Hollie Daniels

As I type this post, I can’t believe that it’s already the month of July and that I’ve already been in my NODA Internship position for two months. I moved to Tuscaloosa in early May, one short week after the end of the spring semester and transitioning out of my Graduate Assistantship, which was in Undergraduate Academic Advising.

Speaking of the spring semester, I can undoubtedly say it was one of the most stressful times of my life. On top of three classes (International Organization of Student Services, Diversity Issues in Higher Education, and Theory and Assessment of Educational Environments), I had to maintain 20 hours per week in the office for my Graduate Assistantship and 10 hours per week for my Practicum (which also included a Group Supervision class). I knew that an internship was a requirement for my Master’s program and I was excited at the thought of completing that internship at another institution. Therefore, However, THerefore,I decided to interview for NODA and ACUHO-I internships, with a slight preference for a position in orientation.

However, I found myself in a bit of sticky situation when expressing my plans for the summer with my Graduate Assistantship supervisor. The office really wanted me to stay on over the summer and present at sessions on behalf of the college during orientation, which I did last summer before beginning my courses in the fall. My interests fell on deaf ears and I was presented with somewhat of an ultimatum: I could either A) Stay in Gainesville for the summer and do the exact same thing that I did the summer before or B) I could continue to pursue a NODA or ACUHO-I internship and find a new Graduate Assistantship for the last year of my program. After much thought and consultation from family, friends, and colleagues in the field, I came to the conclusion that an internship at another institution, in a different functional area, with a new set of responsibilities, and countless learning opportunities would benefit me more than option A. In the back of my mind, I knew that I would choose option A all along, but I was searching for approval in others instead of trusting myself.

So here I am, one month away from the end of my internship with absolutely no regrets, many wonderful memories that I’ll cherish forever, and a sense of pride and satisfaction with what I’ve learned in such a short amount of time.

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Dr. Spock

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