We are on a constant search to figure out what it takes to truly become successful. We ask ourselves the question of what are the fundamental components to help us take the necessary steps to begin our process for the path of success. Within this most recent semester at Canisius, and my internship with the Buffalo History Museum, I’ve learned life-changing lessons. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is, time management is the most important lesson someone can learn. If I understood this at the beginning of my semester here maybe I would not have to outwork myself now. 

To help you understand how this semester went for me with both school and my internship I’ll catch you up. I enter the semester head high as we all do. I’m taking 5 classes and an internship so the workload is there. I make a drastic mistake however with this workload and decide to take it all on during a weekend or one or two things throughout the week. At first, it worked out in my favor until it left a lot of room for error. One thing I didn’t account for was life outside of school and the internship can still take effect on what you do. I tried to challenge everything at one time while there were very important family matters that occurred that I wasn’t prepared for. My mother needed 3 surgeries at one time, which created the issue of now another task on my plate (taking care of her). I didn’t realize it until it was too late when I was completing a task for Matthew (my supervisor at the buffalo history museum) late or it looked rushed. I could tell this effected him a lot and completely felt horrible for it, because the truth is it was rushed. Whenever someone tries to take every task on at once often it can be rushed or not hold the complete attention it needs. This I could tell hurt me for the internship because it was little minor errors if I would have paid more attention I could have noticed. 

This is where time management is key. If I would have created a calendar of different tasks that I need to complete with a list of things to accomplish during those days I would have been more prepared for outside occurrences. The video work I gave Matthew would have been contained the proper amount of detail. The stress level would have been at an all-time low. 

The Buffalo History Museum was kind to me during these outside challenges that I couldn’t control. They understood giving me more time to get these objects done. My rating for the entire experience is 8/10 the other 2 are lost due to covid preventing me from being able to go on more sites or inside the building itself.  Some goals weren’t accomplished but I blame myself more than the internship. I thank Matthew and everyone else that helped me along the way.