Hello! I can’t believe that it’s been almost a month here at Free People already. With co-op winding down (around 6 weeks or so to go), I am really in denial about how much is happening. It’s such a surreal experience. I am trying to stay at Free People through May, depending on how picking classes goes. However, I’m not sure what to do yet. I should really come back and fully concentrate on studies once April gets here, but it is hard to pass up such a wonderful opportunity here. I have met so many people already, and am learning so much every day.
It’s hard to try and find the balance between work and school sometimes. I am working 40 hours a week right now, along with taking an online class. There is very little free time for me during the week, so I try and make it count as best as I can. Part of me wants to rejoice when the thought of April pops into my head – no co-op, back in classes more, and a little more normal. However, working 40 hours a week IS normal for the average human being, and maybe challenging myself to work two days a week is a good way to keep my head from floating too far in the clouds.
Each day I come to work, I receive more responsibility. This makes me feel really important and special here – something that is not always offered in an intern’s environment. My bosses really treat me just like a co-worker. They call me and give me directions, but we also crack up about Downton Abbey or something silly that a dog in the office did. I know that I am seriously impacting the people that I am working with. With our launches being twice a month, it’s a very stressful environment at times, and I’m not sure how they managed with only two people before me. I know that I take a lot of pressure off of my bosses, which gives them more time to be creative. It also gives us extra room between deadlines when I can get something done quickly.
It feels like the proper balance of fun and seriousness. I have a lot of thinking to do before I decide what my class schedule is going to look like, and how I am going to try and fit everything nicely together in my schedule.
PS – Just a little look at what the inside of my office looks like. So plain, right??