Lauren Verhoff is a Graduate Administrative Associate with Engineering Career Services.
The summer is right around the corner; you have a new gig, and potentially even a new location. In the university setting, it is pretty easy to get comfortable in your own element: spending time with the same people, eating at the same restaurants, interacting with the same professors. A lot of your life at Ohio State has likely become familiar. That's not a bad thing! However with new opportunities, you may be feeling excited to venture somewhere new, OR you might have a case of the nerves.
What should you consider when moving to a new place? First, I would encourage you to check out the “Think Housing” blog. This post covers various considerations when relocating.
Here are some questions to consider prior to your move:
Once you are in your new location, try to embrace what's new...your job, your network, your housing, your city, etc.. It is important to not lose sight of why you chose to move in the first place as the first couple of days, weeks, or months may be overwhelming.
Breakdowns do happen, and it is OK. However, remember your support system. Give them a call – do not drive home yet. Develop a new routine for yourself that has days that are filled with learning the new environment. Get out of your comfort zone to be acclimated to the new surroundings. Do things that make you feel uncomfortable such as going out to lunch with other interns or joining a young professionals club.
Ways to get involved in your new community:
“I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.”