Four Audrey Hepburn Facts

Audrey Hepburn remains one of the most admired women of the twentieth century, and if you've glanced at a picture of her, you'll begin to understand why.  Although most regard her as a supreme fashion icon and actress, her life consisted of so much more than gracing cinema screens and twirling in black dresses.  Because she is an icon to so many, I wanted to shed light on some lesser-known facts about Audrey and the actions that truly make her a person worth remembering.

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1. First and foremost, she devoted much of her later life to a humanitarian cause.
Audrey Hepburn was named a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 1988, just five years before her death.  No partnership could have been more fitting;  indeed, Audrey was one of the first children to be aided by UNICEF's predecessor, UNRRA, during the 1945 postwar liberation of Holland.  As such, she felt deeply connected to UNICEF's mission and traveled abroad to aid and raise awareness about impoverished children in communities across the world.

2. She was a wonderful mother.
Perhaps because her chances of becoming a mother seemed slim at the start, Audrey was especially devoted to her children.  She retired early from her film career in order to become a full-time mother, and she worked tirelessly to make her children and their lives the center of her own.

3. She was adored in many Asian countries--especially Japan--because her appearance portrayed her as more "relatable" than other Hollywood stars.
It's easy to see why Audrey, with her small frame and darker features, was more identifiable to Asian men and women than other Hollywood stars known for their blond locks or curvy figures.  She remains an icon and a role model in many Asian countries.

4. Her dancing enabled her to aid the resistance movement in Holland during World War II.
Ballet dancing was a passion that began for Audrey at a very young age, and she had been training for several years by the time the war began.  She contributed to the Resistance in her own way:  raising funds from secret ballet performances held for neighbors and strangers.  She continued to do so until malnutrition left her physically incapable of dancing. This medical condition partly contributed to the slim figure that was so praised in Hollywood.

Evidently, Audrey Hepburn was a wonderful actress and fashion icon, but I think it's unfair that these achievements are remembered as her greatest.  In the words of Audrey herself,
"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."
And help others, she certainly did.

Information source:  Audrey at Home by Luca Dotti.

Did you know any of these facts about Audrey Hepburn?


A Guide to Tackling Internships

It seems like every college-aged blogger I follow is participating in a summer internship--but who can blame them?  Summer is the prime time for gleaning work experience.  If you're planning on following in their footsteps in the future, this is a humble guide crafted from my experiences as an intern that is meant to curtail any fears you have about starting an internship on the right note.
A little background behind my own internships:  the first one I completed was part of a curriculum at my high school that involved doing modified clinical rotations at different healthcare practices for several hours each week.  I'm currently job shadowing at a local veterinary referral hospital that performs specialized surgeries and emergency care.  Now, without further ado:

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1. Start With Good Communication:  Nothing is quite as perilous as being unsure of the details behind your internship:  basic snippets ranging from the workplace uniform (provided there is one) to the entrance you should use.  If you are truly serious about pursuing an internship, take the initiative to find the answers to these questions at your workplace--the sooner the better.  Doing this will make future endeavors much easier.

2. Know Your Purpose:  Stemming from the above advice, being unsure of what your daily tasks consist of is a nerve wracking proposition.  Similarly, standing around awkwardly while desperately trying to find someone to direct you is not the best way to establish yourself at a workplace.  It's quite simple to prevent this situation from occurring:  just ask a few key questions about your role at the workplace.

3. Be As Helpful As Possible:  Even if you feel unsure about striking up conversations with other employees or interns, showing a willingness to help others speaks volumes on your behalf.  Lifting items, holding doors, fetching equipment:  completing each of these small tasks establishes you as a conscientious and thoughtful intern (no nerve-wracking feats required).

4. Be Kind To Yourself:  In other words, don't berate yourself for feeling awkward or uncomfortable during your internship.  Allowing yourself enough time to become accustomed to this new environment is the only way to abolish those feelings of anxiety. Until that occurs, self-inflicted negativity only takes away from the internship experience.

5. Take A Deep Breath:  If this is your first internship experience, remember that being a bit anxious or scared is completely normal--but also remember that an internship is an exciting opportunity, no matter what form it takes.  Inhale, exhale, and prepare to learn!

Truly, internships are one of the most valuable learning tools available to younger generations.  Being immersed in a work environment provides a greater understanding of a certain field--and, to a certain extent, a greater understanding of yourself and your capabilities.  Remember:
"The days you are most uncomfortable are the days you learn the most about yourself." -- Mary L. Bean
Do you have any advice about tackling internships?