I know I'm an extrovert and human interaction energizes me, but guys ... yesterday's career fair wiped me out. I slept for three solid hours when I got home after spending three hours networking, standing in lines and handing out resumes. But there's nothing I would do to change how it went.
No, I didn't get offered a job or an internship on-the-spot, as the persistent glass-half-full optimist in me was sort of thinking would happen. Instead, I had a free resume critique, bonded with a recruiter from Bustle over how cool their Twitter is and got a lovely compliment from someone at the Wall Street Journal.
It was exhilarating, exhausting, stressful, fast and overall very, very fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to talk with recruiters from some of my dream employers and give them a taste of who I am. And hopefully, when the time comes to apply for internships and jobs, they'll remember me and have a face and personality to go with the name on the resume and the cover letter.
And I thought to myself — wow. Just, wow. I'm incredibly lucky. I mean, first of all, I live in New York City, which is one of my favorite cities in the world. And I'm studying journalism, which, despite some fears and stresses, is my dream career. I'm also going to NYU, which is an incredible school, big enough to have connections with all of those top-notch companies yet small enough that I have a relationship with my professors. I just...I'm overwhelmed, guys. I can't believe this is my life, and I can't wait to see where things go.
I'm still in a state of mild panic over my lack of summer internship, and I'm desperately hoping and praying on the daily for something to turn up so I can spend the summer in the city I love doing the job I'm passionate about. But I'm feeling better. I'm feeling...excited, hopeful, inspired.
So inspired, in fact, that I've spent the day preparing for a new facet of this blog. Beginning this Wednesday and stretching as far into the future as I can make it last, I'm going to publish a profile of a writer every week.
That's right. I'm going back to something I did two years ago, which was to write a profile on my friend Kelsey Campbell. I'm focusing on writers of all varieties — freelancers, authors, published ones, un-published ones. I'm reaching out to everyone in my online writing groups and taking the step of emailing some of my favorite writers to ask them, point-blank, to let me feature them.
I'm stoked. First off, because I love writing profiles and I'm excited to practice and get better at this art form. But also because I think it'll be a great way for me to get to know other writers, really connect with them and, more importantly, for you guys to meet some writers you might not otherwise have known.
I think it's going to be a really fun experiment. Do stay tuned, and keep your eyes peeled Wednesday for the first installment! I'll be writing about Alexis James.