It’s that time again where the semester is winding down- I have just over 2 weeks left in Vienna. Pretty insane. Which makes me think even more about interning this summer, the seminar, and Rice next year. Of course I’m excited to go back. I miss everything from Fondren to coffee at Brochstein while writing a paper. But I really really don’t miss the culture of overachievement and who can win the most prestigious awards/all the research/internships.
I’m guilty of this myself. This summer I’m doing the Baker Institute program which is ridiculously competitive (applied and didn’t get in last year) and I’ll have done 3 internships through college including in Vienna. What I don’t want is for senior year to be another sophomore year where I felt that what I was doing in the summer etc. was basically what defined me. Senior year could just be a remake of that but instead “which grad school/fellowship did you get??” Being abroad is fantastic in that it removes this toxic environment of overcompetitiveness where I feel that I’m not good enough compared to most of Rice. I’d like to find a way to keep that from bothering me once I go back.
There are officially dates on the Peace Corps volunteer openings calendar that are after my graduation and could be my departure months. Like July 2015 for example. Holy cow.