Interns Tell All: Advice for Your Past Self

Published: September 2, 2020

Some students have already started their 2020 classes, and for many, a new school years starts in a few short days. Particularly in these unprecedented times, it’s crucial to get off on the right foot to position yourself for academic and career success. 

Yesterday, we shared some of the 31 Chegg 2020 summer interns’ tips for landing your dream internship.

Today, we’re sharing their responses to the question, “What advice would you give to youself as an incoming college freshman?” Whether you’re on-campus or online, use these tips to make the most of the school year ahead.


“Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It’s okay to be homesick, flunk a test, gain weight, or be overwhelmed. You’re adjusting to a whole new environment, so be kind to yourself.” 

– Frances C., Public Relations Intern


“It’s okay to not know what job you want for the rest of your life. Take a bunch of classes, meet new people, and talk to those people about what they do for a living. Learn what you like and what you don’t like. Everything else will fall into place.”

– Kara Q., Marketing Consumer Insights Intern


“Everyone else is just as nervous as you are. Also, go to office hours!”

– Cameron P., Corporate Strategy Intern


“Be active in your community and attend meet-ups, clubs, and conferences related to your interests. Networking is vital and will absolutely pay off. It’s not always what you know, but who you know—and who knows you!”

– Omar H., Security Engineering Intern


Chegg Intern Ben V.

Ben V., Chegg Intern

“I would tell myself to explore different types of classes. Even with a declared major, you can always explore different options. During my freshman year, I only took major-required classes. While I’m happy with my major, it would have been nice to explore other potential fields of study just to see what else is out there.”

– Ben V., Marketing Consumer Insights Intern


“I would tell myself to make the most of my electives! College is a unique time, when you’re surrounded by experts in every field, and every department will have introductory courses for you to get your feet wet. Think about the kind of skills you want to develop as a learner, but also how you can become a well-rounded person!”

– Kelsey W., UX Research Intern


“Be a part of as many different friend groups as possible to get the most diverse college experience. Plus, you never know who could be a great connection for you in the future!”

– Elisa L., Content Marketing Intern


“Cherish the times you have; it’ll be over before you know it.”

– Atakan C., Software Engineer Intern


“Don’t worry too much; it’ll all work out in the end. If you’re motivated to do awesome stuff, eventually you’ll end up doing awesome stuff.”

– Eric L., Data Science Intern


“Don’t be afraid to fail! I was scared of failure during my first semester, so I played it safe, and I didn’t take as many opportunities as I should have. My second semester was when I started challenging myself and trying new things, and that’s when I truly started to grow. I’ve found that failure isn’t really something to be feared because it always results in a great learning experience.”

– Kalea M., Data Science Intern


Chegg Intern Sydney S.

Sydney S., Chegg Intern

“Be open to learning new things and take courses that you are interested in. By the time you reach your senior year, you will be focused on finishing your requirements for your major, so you’ll have less time to explore other topics that interest you.” 

– Kira M., CRM Marketing Intern


Try not to let your path be influenced by those around you. If you are confident that you know what you want to do, go for it! But if you’re unsure or need help, never feel alone or trapped. There are alway others who feel the same way, and there is always someone who wants to help.”

Sydney S., Human Resources Intern


“Take more computer science courses!”

– Mandy G., Data Science Intern


“Remember to ask for help when you need it. Never be afraid to talk to professors and make sure you reach out to your peers.”

– Nick W., Performance Marketing Intern


“Get out of your comfort zone and explore everything your campus has to offer (from facilities to clubs). Also, take classes outside of your major to see if there are other subjects you’re interested in; I was initially a math major and shifted to data science after choosing to take a coding course.”

– Rima S., Business Analyst Intern


“Make sure to take advantage of all the resources that universities have to offer. Always be on the lookout for cool and unique opportunities.”

– Spencer P., Corporate Strategy Intern


“Don’t be too proud to ask for help. More often than not, folks are willing to help, and when they do, it can save hours of time and lots of frustration.”

Victoria R., Marketing Intern