Roll Out of Bed for New Opportunities!

The other night I was lying in bed and figuring out exactly how much sleep I would get if I fell asleep right then.

Don’t pretend you haven’t done it. If your number is over seven hours, it feels like a personal victory.

When I could no longer stand counting down how much sleep I would undoubtedly be getting before a busy Thursday that consisted of three hour and a half upper level classes, I began to think about something different: getting my life together.

On that Wednesday night, I stared at my ceiling and I told myself that I was going to stop drinking Dr. Pepper for breakfast, which one of my more unfortunate habits. I was going to exercise every single day the Rec Center, and I was going to get a buddy to go with me to keep me on task. I was going to always take the stairs. I was going to avoid the quesadilla part of Saga that also has French fries and seems to be an extremely attractive place for my mouth and my stomach.

I was going to turn my life around. And on that Wednesday night, right before I fell asleep, it seemed feasible.

On Thursday morning I got up, drank a large Dr. Pepper with my breakfast, had French fries for lunch, and took a nap instead of working out.

This happens to everyone. And not just in ways of I’m going to turn my life around.

My sophomore year of high school the mantra went something like this.

I’m going to make a resume. I’m going to apply to at least fifteen different jobs. I’m going to actually acquire a summer job, and it’s going to be one that I like!

I have actually succeeded in this endeavor, but not until the summer before my senior year of high school. In the summer, I coach a swim team for kids ages four to eighteen. I love my job and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

But we’re all in college now, and I know that my summer job won’t last me. What am I going to do when I graduate from college? What if I can’t coach my swim team again? What if I want something that’s actually suitable for my major?

English and swimming don’t have that much in common. Except maybe… speech.

Maybe you’re lying in bed thinking about the summer like this too. It’s probably also coupled with What am I doing with my life?

That’s okay. It’s a legitimate question.

So instead of getting up the next day and heading for the French fries and not actually looking into any jobs or internships, you can do something super easy that can help with your lack of work.


This is the glorious thing about Alma; Alma doesn’t leave you hanging. Alma understands that you don’t necessarily have a summer job. Alma knows that my summer jobs doesn’t pay me nearly as much I would like it to. Alma understands that after you graduate with your degree, you’re on your own. Alma knows that you need help.

So we have the Summer Camp and Internship Fair.

Now, I’ve never actually gone, because I’m mostly entrusted with advertising and setting up tables, but here’s the basic gist:

Bring your resume and your genuine winning personality. Dress business casual if you feel so inclined. Head to Dusen on Tuesday February 5th between three and five (in the afternoon. Don’t go in the morning.) and put yourself out there. There are so many opportunities to speak with people that have jobs and internships that want to talk to you because you just might be the person that they’re looking for.

Don’t live in Michigan like me? That’s not a problem. While a lot of the jobs and internships are in Michigan, some of them are as far away as Colorado. Maybe you live in Michigan and you want to experience a summer somewhere else. This is perfect for you too.

If your resume scares you because you’re not sure if it’s up to date, that’s also not a problem: take it to the CSO office, now new and improved where Jones used to be, and they’ll be perfectly happy to help you out.

You can have a good job this summer. I just know it.

Now the one question remains: if you can land a good job by going to the Summer Camp and Internship Fair, can I motivate myself enough to exercise?

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