My first day AS A REAL LIFE INTERN was very different than I had expected.
But actually, before today, I really didn’t know exactly what I was expecting. I felt afraid and nervous, but at the same time so excited that this big day for big change was finally approaching. The last time I felt this combination of feelings was right before studying abroad in Oxford. It’s a fun feeling to have. Kind of.
I guess I had imagined day one being much more intimidating and difficult than it was. For a second, I thought bid night was about to begin and I would be initiated into the KPMG family, but no. Instead, all the interns sat together in the same room all day with the recruiting team, listening to lectures and hearing all sorts of orientation information.
Pause: For those who didn’t know…
Back in May, I accepted an audit internship position with KPMG at the downtown Fort Worth office. Going through the interview process was one of the most terrifying (but exciting) things in my life. It felt like it was the definitive test to my quality as a human. I know that’s a little crazy, but it was the first time in my life that I was being assessed holistically! All of the firms considered my accomplishments, skills, experiences, along with my ability to communicate with people (which I don’t have a ton of confidence in). And all of the firms interviewing me were also the firms that could be my employer after graduate school. It’s a big deal.
After my first interview didn’t go as well as I had hoped, I realized the importance of having self-confidence for getting anything I want in life. Jobs. Happiness. Fulfillment. Relationships. And more importantly, I realized that true self-confidence can only come from me. Equipped with a positive new outlook on myself, I felt better about all of the following interviews. It worked out – I was extended office visit invitations for each one. KPMG, EY, and Whitley Penn invited me to check out their campus and meet their team so I could potentially intern (and eventually work) for them.
Choosing KPMG was one of the easiest and most comforting decisions of my life. I felt important there, like I would be a real asset to their team. At other firms, I felt like I was being hired because they had to meet a hiring quota. I’m a human, not a number, after all. I got along the best with the KPMG team and was excited to develop friendships with them! Needless to say, after accepting KPMG’s offer in May, the wait until my January start date felt like forever.
Resume: Day One
My first day was held at the Dallas office. All of the Dallas and Ft. Worth interns were together there for orientation. Dallas is a HUGE city, which made the morning commute really overwhelming. Fortunately, Rebekah Wood saved my life. Rebekah, the only other ACU Wildcat that chose KPMG, let me stay the night at her apartment in Dallas so I wouldn’t have to leave my house at 6AM to arrive at my 8:30AM start time. We drove into the middle of downtown at 7:45 this morning to get the $2.00 early-bird discount on parking (before 8 AM), as well as to ensure that we wouldn’t be late to our first day on the job. Secret: We really were just terrified of being late, but we can blame it on the discount because we’re accountants.
The early-bird discount had us waiting in the lobby for 45 minutes. It felt like forever. Finally, we rode the elevator all the way up the skyscraper to the 31st floor. I walked in to a room full of…
I found my name, and there lay a brand new…
…SHARP brand 12 digit calculator.
Thanks, KPMG. You really made me feel like a nerd because I actually got excited about that gift. Like I said, most of today was super boring and repetitive, but it was also one of the most exciting days of my life because I felt like an adult. Most importantly, nobody there knows anything about me. I felt like a chance at a fresh start. I could be anyone I wanted to be.
It was a really freeing feeling. To let go of the things that were holding you back from believing you’re actually good enough. You know the FAMOUS saying “You is kind, you is smart, you is important’? Well, I usually think it’s over-used and meaningless at this point. But today, it came into my mind, and I found new meaning in it. I finally believed that I am kind because I am smart, and that makes me important in our society. And I should take pride in that, and go kick some audit ass. I am so looking forward to the next few months learning to balance my life as intern. And balance sheets.
3 lovely things about today:
- I found out the two (really large) clients I will be helping perform an audit on, and they are v close to the downtown office.
- Next week I go to National Intern Training in Orlando, and every night we get a $36 dollar “dinner” stipend.
I think I’m going to eat cheap then go to Disney World.
- On Fridays we get to wear jeans 🙂