Meet the Interns: Emilie Vaske
School: University of Iowa || Major: Biomedical Engineering
Meet Emilie, one of the interns for the Bright Foundation. Emilie is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. In her free time, she likes to golf or practice tarot card reading. Something she has learned outside of class since being in college is that everything is best in balance. Scroll down to read Emilie’s full interview to discover what she means by “balance” and what her role is as an intern for the Bright Foundation.
Why did you decide to apply for this internship?
I applied for this internship because I saw it as an opportunity to not only expand my skill set and improve what I have to offer in a professional aspect, but to also give back to a foundation that has helped me in more ways than I can describe. I knew this internship would teach me things I would not learn otherwise since I am a biomedical engineering major who normally would not spend this much time on creating content and connecting people across platforms. I have already learned so much from the people I work for and with, and I enjoy it so much that it does not feel like a job!
What is your role as an intern?
My role as an intern is Facebook and website based. I focus on producing content and helping form connections between scholars. With this, I practice technical writing by creating posts and articles for the website and Facebook page. I also aim to help scholars form connections by generating conversation starters or blog posts with topics to discuss. I really enjoy having the conversation topics I introduce to either be something that can improve holistic life or a topic related to a key idea of the Bright Foundation such as work, save, invest, give.
How do you deal with stress or what helps?
I deal with stress by taking about ten minutes to myself a couple times a day or whenever I am feeling overwhelmed to practice mindfulness. I shut out everything outside or “in the world”, lay down with my eyes closed, and take some deep breaths. When I am stressed, I tend to get negative, so as I am taking this time to myself I think of things I am grateful for and lucky to have because it brings me into the right mindset again.
How do you like to spend your free time?
If it is nice out I love to get outside and golf. In my hometown, I live near a golf course so golfing has always been something I love to do with family, friends, or even by myself when I just need some me time. However, if I only have a bit of time between my classes I like to practice tarot card reading. I received a deck as a Christmas gift and have really been loving it so far.
What is something you have learned outside of class?
I have learned that everything is best in balance. If you work too hard you get burnt out and end up not enjoying what you are doing. However, if you give yourself too much free time, you will fall behind in classes, and it will only lead to added stress. Because of this, it is best to have time each day for school and relaxing. Not only does this help with your mental health, but I notice I tend to perform better on my schoolwork because I am not spreading myself too thin. I make sure I include time for both of these things by time blocking my schedule. I will write down the times I plan on working and what assignments I will do during those times, but I also block times for myself to do whatever I please!