Tori Minger completed a six-month “school-to-work” internship at Kuder in May of 2013. Now she's getting ready to begin her second year of college. I recently caught up with Tori for our “Kuder Interns: Where are they now?” series.
If you missed the first article, which features excerpts from Tori’s blogs from her high school days, you can read it here.
Congratulations on completing your first year of college! Are you still happy you chose Trinity International University?
I am definitely happy with my choice! I had an absolutely amazing year, and while I am very happy to be home for the summer, I am also counting down the days until I get to go back!
What surprised you most about the transition from high school to college?
The schedule. Some days, my classes would be spread out so I would have a free hour here and a free hour there, and then some days I would only have one class in the morning, and the whole rest of the day to do with as I decided. The freedom that comes with this is very cool, and I learned to embrace it.
Tell us about your choice of major. Has it changed?
My choice of major is still the same: Christian ministries with an emphasis in counseling and social services. I love this major not only for the professors and for all of my peers, but because it combines two of the majors I am most interested in into one: biblical studies and psychology. I am very excited to start taking even more classes in my major this fall.
Have you decided on a future career?
I have to admit that it still changes every few weeks. I know what my strengths and passions are, but they cover a multitude of jobs, and at this point, I am still not sure what exact path I would like to choose. Good thing I still have a few years to decide, and this is another reason why I love my major because this degree covers the multitudes of career paths I may ever want to take. Ultimately my career goal is still the same of wanting to impact others by helping them in whatever way I can.
What are the most useful skills that you've gained from the classes you're taking in your major?
I have learned that it is very important to listen more than I speak, that I need to have understanding not only for others but also in subject matter, and that following through is imperative to any job. I already knew these things, but the two classes I took [in my major] reinforced these skills.
What are some “life lessons” you've learned at college?
College has taught me how to put my life in perspective. When it seems like all of your papers, projects, and tests are on the same day and all you want to do is talk to a missed family member or friend, you have to remember what is most important and how to prioritize in order to make sure everything is done to the best of your ability, including taking care of yourself. I learned that while yes, my academics are my life right now, it is also OK to take a few hours off and go spend intentional time with friends.
Tell us your top three memories as a college freshman.
- The people I was able to meet, the people who had an impact on my life, and the people whose lives I was able to impact, were experiences I will never forget.
- Studying abroad for May term. We started in London, and then went to Paris, then Berlin, Salzburg, Florence, and Rome.
- Getting my first college paper back with an A on it!
What have you been up to this summer?
This summer has been a whirlwind, for sure! I started by coming home for a weekend to drop off all of my things from college (my whole dorm room), and packing enough clothes and supplies into one carry-on suitcase and one backpack for my 22-day world history class trip to Europe! Since then, I have been spending a lot of time with my parents and catching up with old friends while finally catching up on my sleep, volunteering, and starting to prepare for the upcoming school year.
Anything else that you'd like to share?
I am very thankful for the memories I have with Kuder and with the people there, and these memories and experiences helped me in immeasurable ways as I ventured off on my own this past year.
My freshman year was phenomenal. It pushed me beyond anything I ever thought I could do and was honestly one of the hardest years of my life, but it was also one of the most memorable, enjoyable, and worthwhile years too. I cannot wait to see what else is in store these next three years of college.
- first year experience