Now that my internship is coming to an end, I reflected on everything I’ve learned these past months and the people that shared this journey with me.

Here’s a couple of things I would’ve liked to have said to myself when this all started:

Hi, Ale.

First of all, congratulations on being accepted on the internship. I know that you are wondering what will happen in the next months so, I want to give you a heads-up of what’s ahead of you…

First, I won’t lie: the journey will be difficult. But, you will not be alone.

You will meet amazing people throughout the weeks. Your mentors will turn from strangers to people that you look up to and they will be there to guide you in this experience. You are in very good hands. The pairing sessions will become moments in the day that you look forward to, try to make the most of them.

Every beginning of phase you will feel intimidated. The tasks will feel impossible and most of the times you’ll think that you won’t make it to the finish line. Brace yourself. You are about to learn a huge amount of things, not only about technical stuff but also about yourself.

By the end of the internship, you’ll realize that feeling overwhelmed was normal and what matters most is to not let that feeling defeat you. Remember to look back to other times when you felt this way but were still able to make it.

On the second month, you will be part of a team. You will face a challenge and it will feel like it will break you. You will learn what fellowship means and the power of individuals who share the same goal. At the end, you will make it together, learning from each other and facing difficulties as a team. Try to enjoy this month, you will miss your teammates.

You will have meaningful conversations with amazing beings. You will seek advice from people that you admire and you’ll feel grateful for everyone who spared time to guide you. You will experience the power of mentorship on the growth of a person.

The program will also open opportunities for you to connect with other people outside the internship and you will be able to share some advice and try to help others in their journey.

Always remember how fortunate you are to have been chosen for this program. If you give your all, these next months will really change your life.

Thank you all. You know who you are.

26 yo. Self-Taught Software Developer. I write about Career Change, Women in Tech and anything exciting I’m working on.