Nerves at a New Co-op
I remember sitting in an info session for RIT a lifetime ago and hearing about the co-op program. It sounded pretty awesome, getting to make money and get experience while in college (and it is awesome!). But I remember also thinking that it meant I had to face the big, scary world sooner. Well, now that I am actually on co-op, I have found that it is no more scary than any of my other "big steps" in life, such as the first day of high school or the first day of college.
When I was driving to work on my first day, my mind kept thinking, "Do I really know enough about engineering." A few times that morning I got distracted by the thought of "What if my clothes are too casual? What if they're too formal?". It was a lot like when my dad drove me to school on my first day of high school, but my concerns then were more about me looking like an idiot and less about not knowing enough . It was also like the day I arrived at RIT, but without my parents there helping me get set up and settled in,
Yet just like going to high school and just like going to college (as you either already know or will find out soon enough), I found that I was much more well prepared than I expected. For one, when I arrived, I arrived as the new co-op, so everyone was extremely helpful at making me feel comfortable. Then, by the end of the day I was teaching the other co-op in the office (an EE major who is a year farther in her program than I am) the reason behind a repetitive task she was doing (which I learned in my first year at RIT). Also, even though I love working at Admissions, I must say that the amount of money I am making at my co-op makes my on campus job paycheck look like nothing :)
So, when you are getting ready to go on co-op, remember that it is just another step, just like the many others you have made competently before. Remember that your future employer knows you are a co-op student and needs mentoring. And remember that, as an RIT student, you are more than well prepared.