I’ve never been a huge fan of summer. Ever since middle school, for me it has always meant spending less time with friends and more time spent performing menial tasks outside in the Texas heat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful that I had these opportunities, and I feel like I learned quite a few life lessons from them. But, when I was given the opportunity to work under Michael Plyler as a programming intern, I was understandably excited about getting to use the skills I have gained from my major outside of the classroom. At the same time, however, this excitement was coupled with a small sense of fear. I had been challenged before in the classroom, but this was a completely new experience. This would be my first time in a professional environment, and I had no clue how I was supposed to interact with those around me, or whether or not I would be able to accomplish the tasks that would be assigned to me.
Looking back now, those questions seem silly to me. Thanks to the instruction that I received here at Freed and the staff of FHU’s IT department, I feel like I was able to transition very well from the classroom to the workplace. Even though at times it didn’t feel like it, I’m fairly proud of what all I was able to accomplish in two short months. Because of the basic understanding I gained of what is expected of me, and what I am capable of doing, come December and graduation time, I know I will have no problems transitioning from life here at Freed to my future job. This internship has not only taught me new skills, it has given me an edge over the competition. Now, when potential employers ask if I have any previous experience, I can easily point back to this. This quite possibly could be the determining factor in whether or not I get an important job offer. Because of this, and the fact that internships like this are hard to come by, I am very grateful for Mr. Plyler giving me this opportunity. Turns out this was a pretty good summer after all.