My name is Laura Lumbayi and I’m currently a senior interning at Philadelphia Style Magazine. Starting my senior year was the most nerve racking thing imaginable. You’re expected to have the rest of your life after college planned out. That wasn’t the case for me. I had no idea what I wanted for dinner let alone as a career. You’re led to believe that by your senior year you’d have some sort of idea of your next move. I spent so many sleepless nights anxiously thinking of what would make me happy. Ultimately, to be happy and live comfortably is what we all want in life.

Once that realization dawned on me everything started to make sense. I realized that I don’t have to have my life planned out because nothing is permanent. Every professor I spoke to told me stories about moving from job to job. They stressed that keeping positive relationships with everyone I meet is what will get me my next opportunity. They also told me that I should stay focused on learning as much as possible and moving up the ladder.

My role as an intern at Philadelphia Style Magazine played a big part in helping me figure out my next move. My role in the magazine consists of marketing, events, and digital content. At one of our cover release parties my internship supervisor took me around the party and introduced me to various guests. Right after the introductions she’d ask if she could take a photograph of them while holding our new issue for our social media. We continued to do this for an hour or so. I’ve never had so much fun doing something that was seen as work. I brought to her attention that I’ve always had an interest in social media. She then gave me an assignment to come up with ways to revamp our accounts and do a competitive analysis to other style magazines. I went home that night excited to complete my assignment. That’s how I figured out my next move and I accomplished that one month before graduation. If you are as stressed and confused as I was in the beginning of this year take a deep breath and watch some Netflix. Let yourself experience and figure things out organically.