Last Summer I was taking summer classes because I had just added Communications to my major, trying to add more to my resume and increase my chances of getting a job. I felt so discouraged when I talked to a student in my class who was a recent graduate but, he said he had been looking for a job three months prior and still had not found one. Hearing that, made me want to rethink my choice in major but I had already finished most of it. Then during Fall semester, I was hit with some personal issues that made me want to quit school for a while. I almost gave up hope, but during my News Writing and Reporting class, we would have special guests from the Virginia Pilot come and talk to our class. They would each would emphasize how they loved doing what they do and that they could see them doing this for the rest of their lives.
The difference between a job and a career is that a job is something that you feel like you have to do and a career is something that you love to do and never seems like a job. When you want a career, you have to put in the time, work, and networking to achieve this.
I wanted to start building my resume as a senior in college. I figured that was better than graduating with nothing to show it on my resume.
I looked into internships, but the only one that stood out to me was the Wavy Internship. My professor, Stephanie Cooke, encouraged everyone in our TV Production class to apply for internship there. I didn’t turn my internship application until 11:45 pm of the due date. I was really just scared to get rejected, but I figured that I wouldn’t know if I didn’t try. When I submitted my application, I was scared and filled with anxiety for three weeks waiting for the response. I wasn’t expecting to get one but when I did, it was a great feeling.
Almost as if it doesn’t feel real.
It doesn’t feel real yet that I have been here as a social media intern for two weeks straight. It doesn’t feel real yet that I am on set for the Hampton Roads set to take pictures. It doesn’t feel real yet that I am researching and coming up with ideas on how to improve the social media pages for the Hampton Roads Show.
This is something in my life that I took a chance on and is the first step to me achieving all I have to offer to the world.