At a certain point in my life, I was certain I wanted to be a writer. But before I could get there, I had to endure a series of high hopes meeting reality checks. Like in the third grade when I wanted to be a ballerina, then didn’t advance to the next level of classes because I was too uncoordinated—I quite literally fell down and got back up. But I never stopped dancing.
Since then, I’ve just been following my clumsy feet to wherever I find inspiration. Somedays that’s in the classroom (most days it’s not) but I’ve found that my opportunities to create expand with everything I learn. I’m not a planner, but when I came to college I had a specific career in mind. I felt like I was ahead of the curve because I knew what I wanted. Now, I only have a broad idea of what I want to do—but that wiggle room feels much more comfortable. Where before my standard was to just follow what I was good at, now I’m looking to do anything that gives me energy and keeps me inspired.
Currently, most of my energy is going into my position as Editor-In-Chief of the Drake Magazine. Running the magazine challenges me in the best way possible. I get to collaborate with a hardworking and creative staff and work on improving every aspect of the magazine from the writing to the design to marketing strategies. And the position has forced me to become a planner, at least in that area of my life.
Looking ahead, I’m more excited than I am scared. My dream that’s stayed consistent for a while now is to end up in New York after school. As a writer, I’m aware of the eye-roll-inducing cliche that is a Kansas girl with dreams of moving to the big apple, but I’m sticking with it anyways. From my first job at The Roost, a quaint cafe back home, to my current internship at Better Homes & Gardens, a household magazine name across the nation, I’ve grown so much simply from observing the many ways people work and finding what works for me.
Though I’m ready to get out of school so that I can get started on going after the work that inspires me, I also look forward to a life of constant learning. Fortunately, in the media industry, there’s always something new to look forward to.