Spreading the Virus. (A little ironic, for me, this week)

26 03 2009

Visit the Intern Queen. I was quoted on her blog. Scroll down. See there? @skimtheocean…yes! That’s me!

Today’s post is about high schoolers seeking internships. I have been actively involved (in my short time) with online social networking, not just out of education (cheers to Dr. V), or just out of professional practice (Sensible City embraces online social media), but because of the appreciation for how it has boosted my online presence and given me credibility as a person. I interact with hundreds of people daily who are sharing tidbits of information I pass along, stop by to read my blog, or provide me with vital information that aids me in pitching a media market! Anyway…

I was more than happy to express my fervor for the internship. I was fascinated by Clemson’s policy for Architecture students and Graphic Communication majors to get outside experience Abroad and in their free time from school. Even Packaging Science students have at least 1 co-op in their college career. I never really grasped that until the end of  my Communication Studies degree. Partially, because I have been fearful and not well prepared to see how it would be beneficial to me. That type of thinking won’t get you anywhere. Embrace curiosity and explore the unknown.

Dr. V can vouch, for me, that I was stubborn in my studies. The archaic Communication Studies program embraces thesis papers, and it’s like coming out of the dark for the first time, when she presented us with this plethora of knowledge. Comm Students, far and wide, would joke that Clemson’s program tried to crank out little professors. In practice; however, we are discovering these tools of online social media in the workplace. I am so embarrassed to say that I walked up to the plate not bringing anything to the table and I learned about these valuable tools in 2007! I always remind myself to be mindful and to continue teetering on the edge of innovation.

What I am trying to get at, is that you…Yes, you. I’m talking to Nicholas, Darline, Erica, Emily, and anyone else in high school. Put yourself out there, either online or in the world. Reach for internships and create your own personal brand in high school. Time is precious, time is money, time is wasted. We have heard all of these things before. I hope someone can grasp the need to “up the ante” because competition will be the driving motivation for you to think outside of the box before the next guy in math class beats you to it! The concept of an “internship” should not be lost you, the young ones. You should garner as much experience with the outlook of secondary education skyrocketing in cost and the possibility of shorter matriculation in college. Who knows, it may be a new way to weed-out college applicants. INTERN, INTERN, INTERN! I know I just collected my thoughts on way too many things today, but I hope you can follow the parallels of narrow thinking and open your mind a little more.

Plus, most internships are unpaid. So why not, get as much free work out of the way while you’re in your parents home? Trust me, graduating with a B.A. and working for stipend and 1 unpaid apprenticeship (my past life at a letterpress studio) was not exactly what my parents had in mind for a Clemson graduate. Go Tigers, nonetheless! To my audience, always learn from the mistakes of others! It will save you a lot of trouble in the future. The competition is getting younger and you are all smarter compared to the cronies that are looking at retirement. Utilize your skills and compete. Yesterday is the day where community service was competitive. The kindness of your heart will only get you so far. It is now the time of practical knowledge, so go out there and get it!

Post script. I am sitting in my office alone. Ian is hob-knobbing with Urban Re:vision in San Fran. Amy has an injured son. Ashley Sue is sick. Kimberly came to work and left sick. IT’S ALL MY FAULT for spreading the virus. Get it, get it? Ok, I’m done.




One response

29 03 2009
Ashley Sue of Green Grounded

HEhehahe! You can’t take credit for me! 🙂 My illness is purely God and chemically induced! Allergies have slammed me again, giving me the closest thing I’ve ever known to a migraine that I can’t seem to shake, a queasy stomach from the large quantity of snot that is dripping from my sinuses into my digestive system (yum! Your welcome for the TMI), and general fatigue from these allergies mixed with my sad-sack self in the job-hunt and AVL transition.

🙂 No where in that list is “Christina sent me her germs”. 😉

@hugs@ Lady!!! I hope your weekend has been muy caliente!

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