Imagine being on a team, having teammates push you to train and work hard to perfect your craft, then having to change all of that as you go off to start an internship. That is exactly what happened to Brianna Ferguson (Jr, McHenry, Illi), who runs track and field and cross country. “My internship was at Nosco in Waukegan, IL. I worked in a few different departments like prepress, art flow, marketing and proofreading,” she said.
Due to this internship, Brianna had to miss the cross country season, but will be back for track this spring. Because she will continue competing, she had to train while on the internship. Brianna’s internship required her to work full time, so this created a problem for Brianna’s training schedule.
“My biggest problem with training while I was on my internship was trying to find the right time in the day to train.” However, this wasn’t a problem once she could find and form a routine where she was able to continue with her training schedule.
Training and working a full time job is an incredibly long and draining process. Due to the nature of the course Brianna was on, she had to learn a lot about setting long-term goals.
“This internship taught me a lot about setting long term goals. I had to begin my internship in May and train at the same time, knowing that all of my training wouldn’t translate into racing or meeting race goals until January,” Brianna explained.
Brianna will rejoin her teammates in January for the upcoming track season and is looking to apply much of what she has learned to the team and her studies. She made it clear that running alone was difficult and that she is looking forward to returning to the team when she said, “When I get back, I am looking forward to training with my teammates. I miss those girls everyday because they make training way more fun.”