Summer Plans

What I remember most vividly from high school is the sheer excitement of taking three months off from studying over the summer. Thankfully, I’ve found that feeling persists even in college. After dealing with the last of my finals, the prospect of not worrying about academics for the upcoming few months is amazing.

Many students in the business school take the summer as an opportunity to pursue internships or temporary jobs. It’s seen as a great time to explore new opportunities and experience what you’re looking to do full-time after graduating.

As a sophomore accountancy major, I personally don’t plan to pursue an internship this summer. Rather, I will be attending summer leadership conferences for various accounting firms. This will help me get a glimpse as to what these companies are like and what they have to offer. I’m really excited, as it’s the beginning of my professional career. These opportunities are the best way to understand what and where I might want to work in the near future.

Alongside the conferences, I will be going back home to South Korea. Most of my family resides in Korea, and I don’t get a chance to see them during the school year. For me, the summer of junior year will consist of an internship, hence no visit home. So, this summer, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to go back and see my family.

I’m excited, primarily because this is my first summer break since I’ve spent the last two years in the military. This summer is a time to really relax and catch up on things I want to spend time doing. I plan on learning to code and getting in better physical shape. I want to make sure to reflect on this year, considering the things I did well and the things I could improve on. The year flies by so quickly that I want to make sure I spend time looking at what I’ve done and what I still want to accomplish.

It’ll be a great time — but first, finals. See you in a bit!

Michael

Michael

Class of 2021
I'm an Accounting major in the Gies College of Business. I began my college career in the Division of General Studies. I'm a Champaign "townie"—I was born in South Korea, but l've been living here since I was 7.