Meet Sophia

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Name: Sophia
Major: Psychology
Minor: Early Childhood Studies
Year in school: Sophomore
When I started working at UMD Career & Internship Services: September 2018
Favorite place in Duluth: Lil’ Angie’s and Park Point
Favorite hobby: I love to do crafting and watch Grey’s Anatomy

Best career advice I’ve received: Find a career that makes you feel accomplished and happy.

Piece of career advice you have for other students: There is no shame in wanting to change your major or even your entire career path when you get older. Being miserable in a field that you have to be in constantly can be detrimental to you. Find something that makes you happy and stick with it.

Meet Kendra

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Name: Kendra
Major: Psychology
Minor: Early Childhood Studies
Year in school: Freshman
When I started working at UMD Career & Internship Services: Fall 2018

Favorite place in Duluth: This is an extremely tough question to answer because I have not been to all of the places in Duluth that are on my bucket list. I have been to many different places, but have so many more places to go see and explore. Currently, my favorite place in Duluth is the top of Enger Tower. Anyone who has been will agree that the view is absolutely breathtaking. It is a pretty basic choice, but I figure you can’t go wrong with a view like that. My friends and I have made many trips up to the tower and I take all of my visitors there so they can experience it, too.

Favorite hobby:
When I have free time, which is rare, I enjoy doing anything with my friends or just relaxing and watching TV or YouTube. I love watching vlogs on YouTube and my absolute favorite vlogger is Abby Asselin. I have also recently started binge watching One Tree Hill again, but it consumes me so I have to be careful to only watch an episode or two at a time. I have seen the entire series twice, but it is amazing how much I forgot about the show.

Best career advice I’ve received:
I have always been one to get super worried and nervous about making decisions. Because of this, my mom has always advised me not to be too anxious about choosing a career path. She tells me that whatever I am supposed to do will come to me, so stressing about it really is not worth it. Being a freshman, this advice is great for me because I am just in the beginning stages of my career journey.

Piece of career advice you have for other students:
Talk to important people in your life about your plans for the future. Although your path is ultimately up to you, hearing another’s opinion about what strengths and qualities they see in you and how those would fit into a certain field can be extremely helpful. Your families, close friends, teachers, or even employers might see something in you that you do not see in yourself, which might open the door for a whole range of different possibilities.

Meet Taylor

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Name: Taylor
Major: Communication
Minor: Marketing
Year in school: Freshman
When I started working at C&IS: September 2018

Favorite place in Duluth: While my time at UMD has been short-lived, my favorite place I’ve visited so far is Leif Erikson Park. I first visited during Duluth’s autumn when the leaves were changing colors, it wasn’t too chilly or too hot, and the sky was bright blue. It’s a great place for a walk, see the Aerial Lift Bridge from afar, Lake Superior, and is a hotspot for PokemonGo.

Favorite hobby: When I’m not working or doing homework, I find much of my time is spent belly-achingly laughing with my friends, bingeing T.V. shows and documentaries, leisurely reading books, and going to the gym.

Best career advice I’ve received: “Good things don’t come easy, you’ve gotta work hard for bigger and better things. Don’t be a quitter!” -My mom

Piece of career advice I have for other students: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It can be a little nerve-wracking and hard to admit, but sometimes all you need is a little guidance from someone experienced.

Meet Amanda

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My name is Amanda and I am a sophomore this year with a Marketing major. This is my first semester working with Career and Internship Services as a Peer Educator.

I can’t possibly pick one favorite place in Duluth, so I guess I will share a few. On a warm summer day I love visiting the Portland Malt Shop and walking along the Lake Walk or going through the shops in the Fitgers building. I have the best memories in these areas from when my family vacationed here when I was a child. My hobbies include traveling and exploring new places, trying coffee shops and restaurants, and hiking. A few of my newfound favorites in Duluth include Va Bene and Amity Coffee.

The best career advice that I have received was from my dad when I began my search for an internship, he stated: “all that matters is that you surround yourself with good people, work hard, have fun, and be a good communicator with all.” This laundry list of items is something that I carry with me as I go through my day-to-day life. My piece of advice for other students would be to remember that every single person you meet or experience you have is an opportunity to grow career-wise, as well as personally. Don’t be afraid to meet new people. You never know where a new connection will take you.

Stay tuned for Amanda’s posts!

Meet Rachel

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Hi all!  My name is Rachel, and I’m just joining the blog here. I’m a junior pursuing a double major in Organizational Management and Writing Studies.

I started working at UMD Career & Internship Services in fall of 2017. I began as an Alumni Caller contacting past graduates to see where life had taken them since graduation. There are so many interesting aspects to that job, but I’m also really excited to be stepping into my new role as a Peer Educator!

I’m from a very rural small town, so I love finding new places outdoors that not many other people visit. I love being right on the lake, but I also enjoy driving high up in the hills and seeing the whole city from above.  

My favorite hobby by far is making music. I love to play the piano and sing, and I also play the flute.

My mom has shaped my career choices the most. She has advised me to pick something I’m passionate about and have strengths in but to also consider the practical implications of a job. She has always emphasized balance; every job will have positive and negative aspects, and you need to be able to handle both. My mom’s perspective helps me realize that no job is perfect; it’s important to take all aspects into consideration as well as your priorities, and make the best choices you can.

A piece of advice I would offer when it comes to your career (and life as a whole) is a quote from Rumi: “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” You won’t love every aspect of your job, but don’t allow the small hindrances to make you lose sight of your grander purpose.

I hope you all enjoyed learning a little about me, and I look forward to the blog posts to come!

Meet Paying

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Name: Paying
Major(s): English
Minor(s): Digital Writing, Literature, and Design
Year in school: Junior
When I started working at UMD Career & Internship Services: August 2018

Favorite place in Duluth: The first few places that first popped up to mind were the usual Canal Park, Enger Tower, and other touristy areas, however, I love the ‘hidden gems’ and places that may be overlooked. Due to the memories made and how amazing the views are, I’d have to say the cliff at the First United Methodist Church and a cliff off to the side of the road on the way to Enger tower which overlooks the city lights at night!

Favorite hobby: Hands down it’s got to be sports. Although I am a very lazy person, when it comes to sports I become very energized due to my competitive nature. I enjoy playing volleyball, flag football, and soccer!

Best career advice I’ve received: “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Marc Anthony

Piece of career advice you have for other students: Don’t be afraid to explore who you are more as a person. Whether you have chosen a career path already or not, knowing what your passions are will show you if you’ve chosen the right path for yourself or if you need to go down a different one.

Meet Eva

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Name: Eva
Major: Anthropology
Minor: History
Year in school: Senior
When I  started working at UMD Career & Internship Services: August 2017
Favorite place in Duluth: Lester Park and Amity Creek. There are dozens of trails and waterfalls
Favorite hobby: Reading books and figuring out how to use a DSLR camera

Best career advice I’ve received: Life is a continual process of challenge, growth, and accomplishment. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness.

Piece of career advice you have for other students: Try to not get too worried about making the perfect decision the first time around. It’s the general trajectory of your decisions that matter more than just one moment!