With the deadline for my plane ticket fast approaching, I realized I did not have much time before my plane leaves to go to London, England. Less than three months to be exact, the plane leaves on December 30th.
During the past two weeks I have been swamped with application forms (3), signing pages (2), scholarships (1) all on top of my homework and editing job. In all, I have probably spent more time on study abroad things than the readings for classes. I’ve gotten addicted to coffee due to 7 a.m. wake up times and late midnight study sessions. However I haven’t had a cup yet today but my day is still young.
To some, this may seem as though it is more effort than it is worth, but I have learned so much about myself and different companies through this experience. I was forced to really delve into my thoughts and figure out what I wanted not just for the internship but the future as well. I looked into multiple publishing companies and saw what their public front is.
One of the many questions on the internship placement application was “What are your long-term professional goals?” Up until then I just knew the basic picture of my future. I knew I wanted to work at a publishing company. I knew I wanted to be in the editing field. I had written this in my short term goals and after thinking farther and taking into account how much more outgoing I have become over the past two years decided I would want to be Editor-in-Chief someday.
I would urge every one of you to think about where you have been in the past couple years and where you think you want to be in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years and even 30 years. Figure out where you want to go and then take steps to get there. Wake up every day and decide what you are going to do in order to reach it. Go day by day. Trust me, it helps.