I just moved into my first off-campus apartment in City Center! This was my first summer away from home (Northern Virginia), and I truly enjoyed exploring Newport News more than I ever had before. Venturing into the city for things like errands and doctor’s appointments felt foreign before, but now that I no longer live on campus, I know where everything is and feel much more confident in my ability to navigate! It only took me two years. 😉
I have made it a habit to take laps around the City Center fountain every evening since I spend so much of my day sitting. I often go alone, with a friend, or I bring my roommate’s dog Samson along! City Center has live music at Cove Tavern on Friday nights in the summer, which has been fun to attend and to hear from my apartment. Since most of my friends went home for the summer, I made an extra effort to meet my new neighbors and go out to dinner with them often. I have really enjoyed building personal relationships with individuals of all ages.
I love Chipotle (I learned how to make one burrito bowl stretch into two meals…), Cracker Barrel, Schooner’s, and BJ’s Brewhouse. I also just discovered (and now love) Yannas’ Taverna, a small Greek restaurant at the corner of Warwick and City Center Blvd – 10/10 would recommend!
I have learned and grown so much from my internship with the CNU Center for Career Planning this summer. I can’t thank Libby and Andy enough for hiring me and all of the staff members for mentoring me throughout my fifteen weeks with the CCP! Here is the biggest lesson I would really like to share:
Don’t underestimate yourself. You are your biggest advocate. At the end of the day, you know your skills, talents, abilities, and limits better than anyone else. Showcase your strengths in everything you do and work to strengthen your weaknesses as often as possible. Make the most of whatever opportunity presents itself to you. You will surprise yourself. Keep pushing, keep learning, keep growing.
Although the career services field is not for me, the research aspect of my internship really solidified my decision to continue research in psychology and pursue a graduate degree. To other students, believe in yourself. When you fall, get right back up. There are thousands of Captains supporting you all the way.