If you’ve already finished your finals, congratulations! If you’re still working your way through finals week, at least you have the summer patiently waiting for you in a few days.
After a long year of studying, classes, club meetings, networking sessions, presentations, group projects, research and job applications, you deserve time to celebrate your successes, learn from your mistakes and recalibrate your goals for the summer. So make sure you take that time before getting too wrapped up in your internship, job, summer classes or travels.
And if you’re graduating this week:
Kick off your weekend by celebrating at Grad Central after Commencement.
Wishing everyone a productive, restful and fun summer.
Alexandra Harris ’98, M.A. ’01, is a senior editor at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), where she writes and edits exhibitions, their companion books, and other scholarly publications. She is currently co-authoring "Why We Serve" (forthcoming in 2020), a history of Native American participation in the U.S. military. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in psychology and M.A. in American Indian studies. Read more about Alexandra and her advice to students and alumni in her Excellence in Action interview.
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Many of you will be starting an internship or even your first “real” job this summer. While it’s the company’s job to onboardyou, the reality is that much of your success when starting a new position rides on you. Here are 8 ways to ensure that you succeed in your new role from day one.
Make a solid first impression.
Go above and beyond the call of duty.
Show up each day looking like a professional.
Connect with as many people as possible.
Take lots of notes.
Ask well-thought-out questions.
Pay attention to little details.
Make suggestions and volunteer when possible.
These common sense tips should definitely help you navigate and stand out in your new role. Remember to keep an open mind and to have a good attitude. Best of luck on your first day— and all the days that follow, too!