Thanks to the generosity of the Bergami Family and the UNH Division of Student Affairs, eight UNH undergraduate students received a stipend to cover expenses related to their unpaid internship experience. The eight recipients will be reflecting on their internship experience over the course of the summer. This entry is from Luca Mochi, Music Major, who is interning with New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
In my opinion, critical thinking can be applied in small situation and larger ones alike. At my internship, I find myself using my critical thinking skills to solve little problems; like finding the best way to organize data to maximize efficiency or how I interpret criticism from my supervisors, to larger issues like evaluating the layout and content of a website or newsletter. In the field of marketing, critical thinking is especially important because marketing requires one to be able to make un-biased decisions and consider other perspectives and criticisms. I use critical thinking whenever I work with other people on a project because being able to take a step back and see someone else’s point un-objectively helps both parties work better together.
Whenever you are thrown into a new situation, whether it be a new co-worker, a new project, or just new information, critical thinking is important because it helps you analyze the most effective way to, interact and communicate with the co-worker, conquer the project, or process and use the new information. Having good critical thinking skills is especially handy when a situation goes awry; being able to analyze the problem and what needs to be done to eliminate the issue quickly is an ability that can be applied almost anywhere.
Before this internship, I believe that my critical thinking skills were acceptable, but they were never challenged, however, during this internship I have absolutely seen my critical thinking skills grow because they were put to the test. On one project, I had to work with a supervisor who I was not familiar with, and her work style and artistic vision did not align with mine. This was problematic because I had a very specific vision for the project and I had put a lot of work into it before she even saw it. Once she did see it, she had tons of revisions that I didn’t agree with and I felt as though she wasn’t even trying to understand my ideas. I was frustrated, but for the success of the project, I learned how to take her suggestions in an un-bias nature, and I was able to voice my opinions in a way she could understand. Overall, this experience helped me use my critical thinking skills to enhance our teamwork in a positive manner, and our project even exceeded the expectations that I had originally anticipated.