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After several long weeks of struggling to find the perfect summer internship, I was accepted into ENTITY Academy.

Here are three things that I’m excited about for the upcoming seven weeks:

1 Developing relationships with legitimate mentors, aka people that actually know what they’re doing.

ENTITY Academy fosters strong relationships between mentors and mentees.

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Let’s face it, I’m a 20-year-old college student that’s still regularly messes up while ironing clothes. I have a lot on my plate. Thinking about the not-so-distant future in which I’m a professional working woman with a career and a healthy personal life is crazy. It seems like too much to accomplish by myself.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you’re going into the world blind and alone. It can feel like no one is there to lend you a hand. Everyone else seems to know exactly what they’re doing, and they never have wrinkles on their button downs. This is why mentors are a valuable part of the internship process. You’re learning from people who have stood in your shoes and you’re also creating lifelong connections with successful individuals that genuinely want to see you succeed.

ENTITY Academy is focused in particular on fostering these relationships between mentors and mentees. In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive world, these connections make all the difference for aspiring professionals. It helps knowing that someone with a little more experience under their belt has your back.

2 Writing. Like, a lot.

Writing is a skill, and like any other skill, it requires constant discipline and practice in order to see improvement. It also requires some serious guts. Up until now, I’d been perfectly content to confine my writing to my class papers or my impartial journal. The concept of publishing my thoughts and opinions for the world to see and possibly ridicule was frightening.

Now, I want to prove to myself that my words can mean something to other people. I’m not content with not trying, because what I have to say does matter. ENTITY Academy is the type of creative, yet challenging environment I’ve been looking for to bring my writing to the next level. By the time these seven weeks have ended, I hope that I’m able to crank out the meanest op-ed in history without breaking a sweat.

Admittedly, knowing that I have to write 3-5 articles per day is a little intimidating. Still, I’m up to the challenge.

3 Working with kick-ass women

ENTITY - The #WomenThatDo at ENTITY Academy are making waves.

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Lastly, I must give a nod to my fellow ENTITY Academy interns. It’s wonderful working with successful professional women and it’s also inspiring to work with other young women that are just as passionate as I am about making an difference and helping each other rise to the top. We’ve already bonded over our shared dislike of this July heat, hilarious SEO headlines and our unequivocal commitment to impactful journalism.

Let’s give it up for the #WomenThatDo.

Edited by Shahrazad Encinias

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