The best thing I learned was that passion & hard work will reap not only success, but happiness.
I want to preface this blog post with the fact that I am not a very emotional person. If I cry, no one sees me do it. I guess this is my cop out for actually being emotional in-person, so here we go. Last October, I began to feel trapped in every aspect of my life. I felt like I was never going to get out of school, I was always going to work in the field I had been in for 7 years, and virtually that I was stuck. This was as good as it got, and that was it. At age 20, that was a scary thing to feel. Everyone says, “Oh you have plenty of time to figure it out” or “You’re so young! Don’t worry about it”. To me this never made sense. Even on most intern applications or entry level job applications, they want you to have “previous experience”. Uhm how do I get “previous experience” when no one will let me earn it? Then came along Studio 614, who was just another faceless internship I had applied for in an effort to make myself not feel so suffocated.
When I interviewed for the position, I honestly had no idea what I was doing. I had never sat through a proper interview before. I was hired for all of my previous jobs because I knew someone who had the “in”. I was sitting in Starbucks on High St. when I finally saw Meg. I already recognized her face because of the mandatory social media stalking I had done. She probably knew mine too. We sat down and began talking and for some reason I just felt like I was talking to an old friend. I know that sounds super corny but I just felt this immediate sense of comfort. To my great happiness, Meg was willing to take me on as an intern who had ZERO experience in business, marketing, or advertising. But I knew there were two things I was very good at; 1. talking to people and being outgoing, and 2. learning.
And man, did I learn! From just being business-smart to using photoshop to create ads, this was a whole new world for me. I very much enjoyed the adventures that Meg, Viv, and myself would go on to find new businesses to partner with or whatever other random things we decided to partake in. As the semester went on, I was feeling more and more confident in the fact that I could go out into the world and do whatever I wanted to. The best thing I learned from Meg was that passion and hard work will reap not only success, but happiness. And what better lesson could you learn?
Meg is one of the most insightful, honest, and authentic human beings I have ever met in my life. Not is she an amazing mentor, but a great friend. I would recommend this internship to anyone and everyone who is willing to work hard, laugh a lot, and get covered in paint from time to time.
Now that I’ve crossed my T’s and dotted my I’s and got that college diploma… I’m off to Arizona to start writing the next chapter of my life. I have a feeling this one is going to be full of great emoji’s.
Until next time, Ohio.