There’s Always One…

In our very first meeting, Jim told us that every year, there is always at least one person who gets sick on the trip. Seeing as I almost never get sick, I didn’t think twice about this comment. However, like Jim said… there is always one.

And this year, that one, is me.

As awful as laying in bed by myself for the past four days while everyone else goes off and meets with interesting people and has fun adventures has been, it has given me some time to reflect. In between watching episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, and too much time spent on facebook, I have though long and hard about how valuable this trip is for me. Not only am I learning the practical lessons I expected to about things like where my degree can take me, and how to work your way to the top in this field, but I am also learning a lot of little things that in the long run I think will help me even more.

I’m learning how important it is to keep my options open and apply for things that I might overlook, because you never know what connections can be made, and what experiences could lead you to your dream job.

I’ve learned that the worst that someone can do is say no, so you might as well go out on a limb and ask for what you want.

I’m learning the importance of networking, and that in today’s world it really isn’t about what you know, but who you know… at least when you are first starting out.

We’re leaving New York tomorrow, and while I’m sad to go, I’m looking forward to the new adventures we’ll have in D.C, and all the new things we’ll learn.

Just as soon as I get over this sickness….

  1. #1 by chrissyroach on January 19, 2013 - 2:44 am

    Hope you’re feeling better, Katherine! I’ve learned some similar things as you have, especially with the whole “just ask” thing as well as making connections. I always used to have a problem asking people anything because I was afraid they would tell me no, but this trip has helped me realize that no isn’t such a bad thing — there will always be rejection. Just gotta go for it.

  2. #2 by James McPherson on January 19, 2013 - 3:23 am

    Though it’s a cliche’, I’ve found it true that the things I’ve most regretted were the things I didn’t try, the questions I didn’t ask. You’re learning it sooner and better than I did–though I’m very sorry you’ve been “the one” to fall ill on this trip. I hope D.C. is much better.

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