How Flowers Gave Me the Confidence to Graduate with Success

By Samantha Bream

At the start of my second semester of junior year at Shippensburg University I was seeking an internship where I would be able to use my artistic abilities as well as the knowledge I acquired in the Communication/ Journalism department. 

Never did I think that I would accomplish both of those goals, as well as learn more about myself than I ever have before. 

My internship was at The JDK Group in Camp Hill, Pa., as a floral and design intern. I always found it amusing when I told others that I worked with flowers all day and their faces would squish because they thought that I was kidding. 

At this internship I had the responsibility of caring for our clients and making sure they were receiving the best experience possible. This meant that I had to be timely and precise with everything that I did. I got to spend more than half of my day creating mood boards for brides on Pinterest.

I had plenty of discouraging moments that I wasn’t prepared for, where I failed and had to quickly find a solution and moments when I should have approached a situation differently to complete a task faster.

During my experience, I was taught how to manage many events at once, stay organized when many things were overlapping, and push myself to stay calm in stressful situations. I learned how to adapt to work with different positions at different events as well as challenge myself in areas I hadn’t encountered before.

I was also able to use a skill of mine that I have neglected the past few years, my creativity. I told myself it wasn’t practical, but it is the greatest quality that I have. This skill helped me to create one of a kind bouquets, boutonnieres, displays, and personalized hand painted bar menus.

In an article from Forbes, students discuss the pressures that they face when it comes to finding an internship and whether they’ve chosen the right one. There is also this pressure to accomplish as many as possible, but it’s not what’s most important. Any experience in a professional atmosphere people are going to learn valuable information that will benefit them for their future. This means being prepared when they enter the working world.

Many advisors say that students should start looking for internships early to help them decide if they’re studying the right field of interest. Not only are they gaining experience but they’re gaining different perspectives to what’s out there. 

Without my internship I wouldn’t have been able to grow so immensely. I was given the ability to have full creative control and step out of my comfort zone. I gained a new level of confidence that I never thought would be possible. 

In an article from Fremont Collegethe author  emphasizes the importance of internships and what students can gain from the experience. Students are known to gain confidence. In this position students are supposed to make mistakes. Guessing and experiencing are two different things. Being able to have the opportunity to work in a professional setting is extremely beneficial because it allows students to have a better understanding of the professional world.

Internships can also result in financial compensation and help students gain valuable work experience that they wouldn’t be able to get in the classroom.

In an article from Fremont Collegethe author  emphasizes the importance of internships and what students can gain from the experience. Students are known to gain confidence. In this position students are supposed to make mistakes. Guessing and experiencing are two different things. Being able to have the opportunity to work in a professional setting is extremely beneficial because it allows students to have a better understanding of the professional world.

My internship taught me the truth about the saying, “if you do something you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life”. It gave me the reassurance that if you work hard enough, you can reach any goal that you set for yourself, but starting somewhere is the key.

During my time at Shippensburg, it wasn’t emphasized how important it would be to gain experience from an internship, it was just. Internships are so important. I could have gone through my college experience without completing a single one, but it opened so many doors for me. 

ZipRecruiter emphasizes the importance of an internship in college. More and more universities are making it a requirement that students get hands on experience with a job that’s related to their field or interests. Internships are meant to help students’ network; they create possibilities for long-term positions, and it can help students decide what they do like and what they don’t like about different positions. Internships also allow students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom.

I am a senior in my last semester and recently accepted a position in my field after countless interviews and research.

My education as well as my experience throughout my years at Shippensburg helped me reach my goals. My internship helped me to adapt to the tasks around me and allowed me to realize my true potential. I am grateful that I was given the experience, which helped me further my chances of being successful after.

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