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You Never Know Where an Opportunity Will Come From

 Written by    September 17, 2019

Well, I thought I knew where my semester was headed.

I had the perfect schedule set in stone (no Monday classes, per usual), I had scheduled out which days I’d be going to the gym and going to events with friends. I had time blocked out to study and do homework and write.

And then I got an unexpected email.

I attended the Career and Internship Fair last fall, and after realizing I had too many summer plans to think an internship would take me, I never applied anywhere. I hadn’t thought about that day since. But right before the semester started, I got an email from one of the companies who had my resume from the Fair last year, telling me they had an opening for an internship position and they’d like me to fill it. No interview, no selection process, just start Monday.

And my first thought was, there’s no way I’m taking this. I’m already too busy. How would I have time to do yet another job?

And then I took it.

I’ve been doing odd jobs and freelance writing for the past five years, and I’ve never had a true office job, where I go somewhere to work and I have a boss and I don’t just create my own work schedule. After a bit of consideration, I realized that I personally and professionally needed that experience. My resume needed something strong. I needed bylines in a media platform for my resume, and I needed to know what it was like to write for a company and put myself out there. After taking 48 hours to decide, I emailed back with a yes and showed up to my new job Monday.

Although there’s a lot on my plate, and I certainly didn’t see this internship coming, I’m so happy I took it. I’m getting the real-world experience I was lacking. I’m learning how to adapt my writing to a style other than what I’m used to, and I get to see the ins and outs of producing magazines and online content. The work environment and the people that surround me are really good for me, and I still can’t believe this just fell into my lap.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that you never know where an opportunity will come from. You have to put yourself out there, get as involved as you can and meet as many people as possible. Opportunities can come out of the most obscure, unexpected places, and they can be the most game-changing moments for your future. Just like I didn’t expect to join Camp Kesem and one week of summer changed my whole outlook on life, I’m finding that the times I move past my comfort zones have the biggest rewards.

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