I got an internship. A paid internship. I can officially attest that paid communications internships do in fact exist. I will be working for a company in Baltimore, doing marketing and public relations work for them over the summer.
I applied to ten different internships, interviewed for four, and spent about a million hours customizing my resume and perfecting my cover letter. It wasn’t a fun process. However, I can safely say that I am much more comfortable with the interview process now that I’ve been through it a few times.
Right now, I am currently looking into places to sublet for the summer. It’s a little crazy. Since when am I a grown up looking for an apartment? Paying rent? What? Since when was that a thing?
Throughout this whole process, I’ve been thinking a lot about being a humanities major. Awhile back, I made a vlog about the stigmas and attitudes associated with being a humanities major, but like every good English major, sometimes you’ve just got to write it out.
With a high emphasis on science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) in the United States, there is an all consuming stigma that the humanities are a waste of time.
People, even those who didn’t go to college, act like it’s their responsibility to tell me that as an English major my only option out of college will be to be a secretary or a teacher. Excuse me? Since when does learning how to write and communicate with people narrow my career choice to two options?
Yeah, I am an English major, but I can also write some pretty good HTML and am proficient in design and editing. A college major doesn’t define who you are – you define who you are.
In my opinion, college is supposed to teach young people to be independent and to learn to deal with stress, challenges, and responsibility on their own – no mom and dad to hold their hand. As far as I am concerned, who cares if you are studying biochemistry if you spend four years hating every moment of your existence.
Some people will read this and tell me that I am naive – that I will never find a job once I get out of school. All I can say to this is, stop worrying about me. Stop worrying about what other people do with their life, and worry about your own.
That being said, don’t be afraid to push out of your comfort zone. You never know what lies around the corner, and learning a new skill is just one more step to furthering yourself as a person and setting you apart as an employee.
People might criticize you. They might not tell you what you want to hear, and it’s your responsibility to be confident enough to look past them. Remember, it’s your life to live, and ultimately you are the one responsible for your happiness. Be the person you want to be.