Despite the fact that people are crazy and made the word Mayan synonymous with YOLO, I can’t say I can complain. This was a year of a lot of overly cliched growth, that thankfully, I’m not too cynical and jaded enough to avoid just yet. Now after a full year in NYC, we’ll see if I am still the same way.
When I started this blog (or at least, the idea of starting this) I was just graduating from college and feeling every which way but right. Applying for jobs I felt either too qualified for or perfect for but that darn 3-5 years of experience slapping me back in my entry-level place. Either way the growth was good because (please feel free to make a throwing-up motion after the following words) as someone who rarely ever failed, it was a HUGE reality check. Every internship from small local companies to highly competitive large corporations, I’ve gotten. As a D1 athlete I thrived on competing, but when you can’t see your competition, and barely know the standards to compete; it makes loosing that much harder.
But with 2012 came a slew of learning experience, revelations and just straight up reality checks. As an avid list-maker here are some of my real LTL moments of 2012 (in no particular order)
- Moving alone is one of the worst things ever. When I moved from MO to NYC I was a hot mess.
- Everyone was a big fish in a small pond at some point, now their sh!t stinks and they are ready to get back on top.
- Non-profits are some of the best work/learning environments ever. Not so much on work/life balance though. But hey, we work hard and play hard too.
- You will get sick about 23008041380414 times your first month in NYC.
- Craigslist ain’t so creepy, of course still be cautious.
- Always ask for feedback on an interview.
- Don’t be afraid to apply for something. This is the time to put your best foot forward everywhere!
- Keep your friends close, but your co-workers closer.
- Confidence is your best asset. Remember they HIRED you! Don’t be afraid to speak-up, think above and beyond the box and get a little dirty.
- We’ll have to wait and see what 2013 has to in store for this one…
Happy New Year!