The beginning of summer means the start of thousands of internships for thousands of anxious new interns. All around the world young adults are scrambling to find jobs where they can use their college experience to pave the way to their future career. For me, Trinity University Press is the place. My name is Miranda Reinhardt, and I have joined the TU Press team for the summer!
As an incoming junior, I find it refreshing to know that “Would you like an order of chips and salsa with that?” will not be coming out of my mouth a hundred times a day. Instead I look forward not only to moving out of my parent’s house, but also to learning about the business and art of book publishing.
Outside of work, school, and preparation for my future, I surround myself with technology daily. Being a part of this generation, apparently with the name “Millennials," it is hard not to be an active member of the technological movement. When I obtained my first e-reader, I was ecstatic to be able to carry multiple books on a single device, although I quickly missed the familiar rush of excitement over holding a new book in my hands. Ebooks open a new realm of possibilities for book lovers, but a screen with an image of the book cover cannot compare to the real thing—though the sensation is growing on me. Technology: I hate it and love it at the same time. It's changed the way we do things in our daily lives, whether it's how we communicate, shop, or, in this case, read.
I grew up with two brothers who love to game, and technology has been a big part of my life from early on. Gaming and watching television seemed natural, and as I get older I see how these activities have influenced who I am. Without my brothers I would not be the person I am today. So, yes, in my free time you might find me watching cooking competitions like MasterChef while simultaneously playing two games—with my roommate admiring my ability to multitask. The future is unknown, but I aspire to eventually work in marketing and public relations for a large gaming company.
Technology is not my only interest. From kindergarten through the end of my freshman year of college, I played basketball and was extremely active. The sport gave me a chance to meet interesting people from all over the country. By the end of my time playing, I had been on eight different teams and played in almost fifteen different states. It is an experience I will never forget.
This internship at TU Press is an exciting opportunity that I hope will further my development in the working world and help me grow as a person. Here's to a great summer!