have patience. spring will come
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
- Leo Tolstoy
Yesterday my brother told me he felt down about how his internship recruiting season was going.
First, omg how precious 💕
He never comes to me for emotional support. I melted, and got all big-brotherly and concerned on his behalf.
Second, let me proceed to invalidate his emotions, as older people do from time to time. It's irrational for him to worry because:
Computer science students, given enough time and effort, get good software engineering jobs. It's a winnable game. I know because I've been a college sophomore looking for internships. I also know because I've met a lot of bums that have succeeded at this game 😂
And you know what else? More generally, people, given enough time and effort, get what they want.
It's true many games don't feel winnable in the moment.
It felt impossible to get a role in product management, but it isn't. I spent four years trying and failing for product management jobs. I almost gave up. But I did get the job. It was just a matter of time.
What I'm trying to say is, have strength 💪 and have patience too.
Because no matter how long your winter:
Spring will come
p.s. you can get anything you want, but not everything you want, at least not right away. don't be a donkey