Good afternoon readers. To be completely honest with you all, I am sort of at a loss as to what to write, but I need to get back into the habit of posting more.
Since graduating college, I have felt sort of lost because for the past 16 years I have attended school, done my homework, studied for exams and wrote essays based on boring prompts that no one wants to use, but we have to because it is the assignment. Once college is over, you have no structure, no class schedule, no deadlines; basically they throw you out into the world and hope you survive. Now, I am most likely being a bit overdramatic here, but it’s how I feel sometimes so we are going with it for the moment.
At the beginning of the summer, I somehow secured an internship for The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, even though they weren’t hiring at the time. It just goes to show how far an email to the right people can get you. I was their marketing intern all throughout the summer and I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about myself and that marketing is not the career path I want to take, but I am good at it and can do it. One task I had there was to interview a local band (River Sister) and write up a blog post on The Music Hall’s website prior to their show. Working on that particular assignment I rediscovered my love of journalism and telling stories. Up until that point, a lot of what I had been writing for the past year had been for class assignments, and with the pandemic, it just was not the same. Talking with the band and sharing their story gave me that familiar feeling of excitement and that’s when I knew 100% that reporting and journalism is what I am meant to do. Now finding a job in that field is proving to be difficult which, as you can imagine, is frustrating. I have applied to a few jobs, some journalism, some not, but the dream is to be in a newsroom with other journalists, working on stories that make people feel something, that give the silenced a voice.
Brief aside here for a moment: if anyone in the industry or anyone who knows someone in the industry, please feel free to reach out! I need a job. Thanks! Back to our un-regularly scheduled programming.
Something they don’t prepare you for is post-college life. I guess it could be because it is different for everyone, and it is, but goodness it would be nice to have some guidance (one of the many reasons I attend therapy). There should be some sort of guidebook that can apply to most people for how to survive outside of school.
The best advice I can give is not even my own, but from the lovable Monica Geller: Welcome to the real world, it sucks. You’re gonna love it!
You know what, as much as this crazy world we currently live in is rough, I do kinda love it because it has given me the opportunity to grow up and meet some pretty cool people as well as make some pretty great memories. Let’s see what else it can do. Until next time my friends.
Glad to see you’re back! I always love reading your blog and love the reference to Monica Geller 😉
Best wishes in the real world,
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