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April 3, 2016

Two great things about doing an internship/having a full-time job (albeit unpaid)

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NO HOMEWORK

Which to me means more time to do my own kind of learning, fantastic! More time to read books and articles and short stories and essays of my own choosing. Then when I don’t want to read, I don’t have to. I will, however, admit that 90% of the material that was assigned to us to read in college was quite interesting and that I probably wouldn’t have read most of them on my own, in which case I would have been missing out. But, at least now no one is putting a deadline on what I’m reading and it allows me to take my time and go at my own pace. Funnily enough though, I’m now get more reading done than when I did have deadlines.

A somewhat-regular schedule

Or rather a schedule that means I actually have to get up in the morning and get going rather than waiting until 3 or 4 or 5 in the afternoon to go sit in a classroom. The great thing here is that my body is now used to not sleeping in so I get up rather easily during the week and start my day off right. Not only that, but sleeping in on the weekends no longer means sleeping until early afternoon and wasting the entire day. By 9 or 10 I’m ready to get out of bed and DO SOMETHING.

But of course, everything has its downsides…

Like having a full-time job and not getting paid for it. In fact, I am paying the college to work with someone else while still holding a part-time job in my little bit of free time so that I can pay back the money I owe the college and the government. Don’t get me wrong, the experience is amazing, eye opening, and will help me immensely in the future, but if only unpaid internships weren’t so common… Stay tuned for a column I wrote on precarious work among millennials.