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Life experience and pretzel rods -- a Proctors intern bids farewell!

As a senior just home from a study-abroad program in London, I knew I’d have to put in some serious hours at work to make up for all the money I spent at London’s Camden Market and Topshop! Consequently, the last thing I wanted to read on the top of Proctors internship application was “All internships are unpaid.” Luckily, as cliché as it sounds, I was paid in life experience.

One of the most important things I learned while interning at Proctors was to be humble. I learned that there are times as an intern, and in life, where you should be offering your opinion, times when you shouldn’t, times when you should be talking, times when you should be listening, times when you should be collaborating, and times when you should be doing things on your own. You really do have to crawl before you can walk, so to speak.

On the first day at Proctors, I felt a lot like Ferris Bueller playing a loud horrible noise on his clarinet then proudly proclaiming, “Never had one lesson.” I didn’t know much but thought I knew it all. Earlier that day, my mother reminded me that I don’t know everything, and I laugh now about how true that is.

I will admit that coming into this I thought I had seen it all, heard it all, and done it all. But I soon realized when I didn’t know how to use Microsoft Excel that it’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to not always know what you’re doing as long as you can find someone who does.

I don’t think it was until I was sitting in my last Monday marketing meeting that I realized how fast this summer had flown by. I want to thank (Marketing Manager) Sara Hill for showing me what it is to do something you’re truly passionate about, for constantly pushing me to do things that were outside of my comfort zone, for being endlessly supportive and for taking a chance on me.

I want to thank my fellow Marketing intern John Dentinger for letting me eat Bombers burritos in front of him while he ate bologna, for always helping me hang the posters that I couldn’t reach, for making mundane intern tasks seem fun.

Most importantly I want to thank the Proctors staff. There is a great deal of work that goes into bringing a show like "Wicked" or "American Idiot" to Schenectady that I don’t think a lot of people realize, and I’ll admit I didn’t realize until I was a part of it all.

I appreciate everyone in the Marketing department who trusted me enough to give me tasks, who encouraged me, who assured me being at Proctors was more rewarding than laying out by the pool all summer.

As my internship comes to an end, I hope that the next place I work keeps pretzel rods in the conference room.

Twenty-year-old Paige Tutt resides in East Greenbush. She plans to complete her degree in English, General Literature, and Rhetoric at Binghamton University before heading for grad school in Boston by Fall 2013.

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