Stepping out of our comfort zone is never easy. Fear of the unknown leads many of us to stick to what we know because it is the safe thing to do. Fear of the unknown can also lead us to miss out on amazing opportunities.
This summer I was offered an internship with CHS as an Agronomy Intern. It sounded like a great opportunity, but I didn’t know much about agronomy and the job was in Herman, MN – a small town in west central Minnesota, 90 minutes from anyone I knew. I was terrified to move away from home for the summer into a role I knew little to nothing about but knew deep down the opportunity was too good to pass up.
4 days after my last final I packed up my car and headed for Herman. I started my internship right in the middle of spring work. Things were crazy! I was working 12-15 hour days and it took me a few weeks to really catch my breath. Once things slowed down I was able to reflect on how things were going, and I began to really appreciate the opportunity I was given to try something completely out of my comfort zone.
As the summer progressed, I began to appreciate the time I had with family and friends on the weekends but also enjoyed my time living in Herman. It is a wonderful little town with some of the nicest people I have ever met. I felt very comfortable and that made the transition even easier.
Through my internship, I learned more than I ever imagined, both about the world of agriculture and myself. I gained a crash course in agronomy that is knowledge that will benefit me in any career I end up in. I had the chance to shadow different positions within CHS and discover more about the financial side of the business. I became more confident and was forced to really “adult” all on my own. I developed relationships with the people I worked with every day, my fellow interns, and a wonderful company that I will cherish forever. These are all personal assets that I never would have gained if I decided to take the comfortable job and move home for the summer.
With graduation quickly approaching in May, I am grateful for my summer in Herman for teaching me that stepping out of my comfort zone, although scary, can turn out to be an amazing experience. I will forever cherish the experience and knowledge I gained as an Agronomy Intern this summer. If you are ever given the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, take the leap! It may turn out to be one of the greatest experiences of your life.