Most Frustrating Part of My Internship

Nicole Karwowski
February 11, 2020

The most frustrating part of my internship was not the work itself, but my computer being stupid and freezing or just being slow in general. This is the most annoying thing ever, especially when I need to work on some projects, but do not have the ability to do so. The only thing I can do about this reoccurring problem is waiting it out. We have tried to defragment or restart the computer among other things and it seems like it helps for a few days but then it goes back to being slow. There’s not much I can do about this issue, so I just let it be. I’m not sure why my computer is already giving me this many problems since I’ve only had it for a few months.

As for my most stressful experience, it was definitely the Chamber Intern Business After Hours, where I had to stand up in front of about 70 people, to introduce myself. Anyone that knows me, knows that public speaking is not my forte and I really don’t like it, but I find that I am slowly getting better at the whole speaking thing. I still stress out for no reason, even though I know the audience won’t make fun of me. Not that I care if they do, I make fun of myself anyway. I gave my “elevator” pitch, in front of all the attendees and tried not to stress out too much. Walking into that night, I was not aware that I would have to get up in front of everyone and introduce myself, but as some people say “I put my big girl pants on” and went up and did it. I think I did fine, but I know that there is always room for improvement and I am always open to hearing some advice or criticism. During my interview with Kate, who was also attending the business after hours, she told me that I did great and that she wouldn’t have known that I was even nervous if I hadn’t told her. Before the internship, I knew that my presentations were not good, but now every time I finish another one, I feel slightly better than the last one.

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