With the amount of times I’ve been to Manhattan, I was surprised how this trip opened my eyes, not only to new places, but to different perspectives, varying personalities, and budding opportunities.
Out of all of the things we (Ed2010) did, the tour of Teen Vogue definitely impacted me the most. At face value, the tour gave me an insight into how the publication is run and what goes into creating an issue. But at the core of it all, I realized that everything requires so much work and effort. This statement rings true for all things in life, mainly achieving your goals and fulfilling your aspirations.
Just like a magazine issue, everything that is put in, will reflect on the final product. As much as it has been stressed, having my dream career does not happen overnight. It requires things like sleepless nights, interning at various places, and meeting close deadlines. But mostly, it is important to put yourself out there. Some of the main things that were emphasized on being hired for Teen Vogue were 1) you need to have experience in the field; 2) you just have to know the right people, be at the right place at the right time and 3) never say “No.” And from those points, it dawned upon me that none can be applied to my current status. As much as I say this, I really do need to work hard and build my résumé. I am not going to go places if I keep doubting myself and do nothing to change.
Lastly, something that particularly stuck with me was one of the last things the intern (a UCF student) mentioned. “You don’t have to be from New York to make it here.” There are a lot of times where I feel confined to Florida because I hail from such a small town, but the fact that a fellow Knight, someone just like me, is in a position that I strive to be in truly inspires and motivates me to reach for everything I have ever dreamed of.
From this hour and a half/two hour tour, I realize the only limitations are within myself. And once I get past my insecurities and self-doubt, I can be whatever I want to be.
I can do anything.