Winter Break: Friends, movies, snow, and…internships?
While I truly love being at USC and spending most of my year away at school, it’s great to come home for winter break and get a chance to get away from all of the pressures, stress (and also fun) of school to relax at home, see my friends from home, and most importantly, recharge myself so that I can be ready for another awesome, fun, and stressful (in a good way) semester. After a strong finish to the semester and a tough week of finals, coming home and getting a chance to relieve all the pressures of learning is the perfect remedy to be able to get motivated and excited to return to campus in a few short weeks. In fact, I’m ready to go back to ‘SC now and it’s hard to have to wait another week to return and see all of my friends and get back into the independent lifestyle that I have come to love over the past year and a half. (Wow…I’ve been in college that long??? It feels like only yesterday that I moved into Birnkrant Residential College freshman year.)
But oh yea, back to my break. While I’m using this break to get some must needed rest, I’m also making the most of my time here by networking and getting a head start on internship applications and cover letters so that I can have those pretty much completed when I return to school. Honestly, winter break is a great time for this since it’s my only priority and I have more than enough time to research possible internships and identify those opportunities that I want to pursue (mainly finance and in New York City). Also, I’ve been able to network with a number of alumni in order to get my foot in the door and begin to establish my personal network in New York that can help me down the line after graduation. This process has taught me a lot about what I am looking for and has given me a better understanding of the financial industry and what opportunities are appropriate and available for me as a sophomore.
Outside of internships and professional related activities, the two main priorities and goals that I had for my break were to catch up and spend time with all of my friends from high school, and see all the great movies that came out over the holidays and during the past semester. Out of the movies I saw, Django and Argo (yes I know it’s been out for a while, but I finally saw it last week) were by far my favorites. Great movies. But more importantly, I’ve been able to spend so much time with my friends who I haven’t seen in forever because of school. Being from the east coast, most of my friends stayed on the east coast for college, while I was the only one to venture out west. Seeing all of them has been by far the highlight of my break thus far.
And after being very disappointed last winter break, I was finally relieved this year when it snowed for the first time all season. I was dumbfounded last year when it did not manage to snow once while I was home, but I got lucky this year as it snowed about 6 inches right after Christmas. Being a native New Yorker, I love the snow and it’s what truly reminds me of home now that I spend most of the winter in California, where the concept of seasons doesn’t exist. Seeing the snow again was great and really satisfied me.
I have one full week left of break and while I can’t wait to get back to USC, I do hope that it doesn’t go too quickly so that I can enjoy the last few days I have at home with my friends and family.