Tiamat – “Love In Chains”
Okay, hypothetical situation:
You are currently a student at a design school. The workload is quite large, and you frequently feel overwhelmed with everything you have to do in the little time you have to do it in. In the coming term you are going to be graduating, which means stressful things like creating your portfolio, working out your identity/branding and collateral (business cards, letterheads, etc.), and preparing for the “real” world, not to mention the actual work in the rest of your classes. You already work part-time and will be registered for four classes (!) that term (many people try to keep it to only two or three). Just recently, you have received an offer to intern at a well-known design agency.
Several people you went to school with and consider friends work at Well-Known Design Agency, some of whom interned there to begin with. It would be a paid internship, with the possibility of it turning into a full-time job upon graduation (or even prior to graduation).
However, Well-Known Design Agency is located 60 miles from where you currently live, and you do not have a car. You could probably scrape up some money for a crap one, but you’d also have to think about parking issues/costs, gas, car maintenance (especially if it is sort of crap to begin with), licensing, and possibly even insurance for your significant other because he/she is not currently insured to drive.
A) Take the internship. A chance like this doesn’t come very often. Figure that you’ll either buy a car or try to locate someone in the city who won’t kill you/rape you/kidnap you to carpool with. You’ll also force yourself to become great at time management and great at maintaining your own mental stability in the midst of all of this.
B) Take the internship, but know in your heart that you’ll end up stretching yourself thin for the next term, doing poorly in school, and generally feeling awful mentally. Though, might the job be worth having three awful months in a row?
C) Turn down the internship knowing that you, at this time in your life, would not be able to hack it with your current job, school workload, and the commute issue. Figure something better (ie., closer) will come along.
D) Turn down the internship, but regret it later because it was a wonderful opportunity that you passed by. Hate self forever; become someone who LIVES in a VAN down by the RIVER.
Please comment and let me know what you would do. Feel free to offer alternatives.