Last summer I would have given anything to escape my sleepy home town in Massachusetts where I would be stuck with trying to find something to do. Sadly I did not make my escape, aside from vacation with my family, but this summer I actually find myself with options. The options I am weighing are starkly different from each other and offer different things for different parts of my life.
Option 1: Summer Orientation Leader
This is something I have been interested in since first going to orientation in the summer of 2011. I fell in love with the energy and passion for Saint Rose that the orientation leaders had and knew that having that role for myself was something that I wanted to do at some point. Last month I was fortunate enough to be offered a position for the 2013 summer orientation team and was elated since the year before I did not make the cut. Adding to the excitement of being offered this amazing opportunity, some of my friends were offered the position as well! I know that if I choose this option I will be very happy and have the summer I always knew I wanted.
Option 2: Internship
This option is something that will challenge me professionally and be a great career builder in the long run. I have had the opportunity to interview for a position in Alaska this summer and was put through to the second round of interviews. Although I do not know if I will actually be offered the position, I can not help but think about which one I would choose. An internship in Alaska is an amazing chance to be independent in one of my favorite states, while working in a museum. I love museums and I do not care who knows. I could see myself totally loving the experience but at the same time know it will take a lot of courage to move to a state for 10 weeks not knowing a soul. I know that if I get the internship and choose this option it will be a once in a lifetime experience and something that will only benefit my career and life.
I know it may seem like I am jumping to conclusions since I do not even know if I will get the chance to go to Alaska- but think about it… What do you value more in life? The chance at an amazing summer with friends showing people why you love Saint Rose? Or the chance to gain independence and career experience in an amazing job and state?
People love to be in a position of having to choose which option to take as opposed to not having one, but I must say this will be a difficult choice for me. All that I know for certain is that by tomorrow night I will know where I am going for summer 2013. Regardless, I know this is going to be a great summer for so many unique reasons.