If there’s one thing that stood out to me during my entire college experience, it is how exciting, yet daunting the underlying fear is of the job market. My name is Nicole Feist and I’m a senior with an Advertising major and concentration in Brand Strategy and Research. Figuring out life from the bottom up, it is a beautiful place to be because it feels like the world is officially now in my hands. Stepping away from the educational experience to which I’ve dedicated the last 22 years of my life is a sentimental experience and guided me towards significant growth. I’ve always questioned what direction I wanted to go with my degree, my career, my life. Now that I am nearing the end of school, I can’t say I’ve lost any of that uncertainty; only that I’ve redirected it towards a new way of thinking about it. I know my worth and value so much more now, despite the obstacles I have faced along the way.
I was interning for a marketing and media business doing content curation and management. The nature of the business centered around helping smaller companies scale their business and discover the branding that matches them and their voice. I had the chance to work with a handful of different types of companies, which gave me a different perspective with each client. I looked at social platforms in terms of scaling a business and it was an experience I’ve never had before. I learned many tools I would need to know to build a successful business, but also how to push my abilities further each day. I’ve learned you must accept your accomplishments and more importantly, your failures as it presents an opportunity for you to grow. There have been so many lessons, which I’ve been taught throughout this internship experience. I now see the true value of interning and how much you can gain from others in the field you’re interested in learning. It is rewarding and eye opening to be taught what you have always been curious about.
During my internship, I learned a great deal over these past few months. Not only about the inner workings of a small business, but about my own creative and career interests as well. I appreciated a strong set of people I worked alongside with whom I share big dreams and goals. The experience helped me look inwards and question what exactly what I want my life to look like post college. Ultimately, we are the ones that create our lives and strive to be where we see ourselves. We all want to feel fulfilled in this big world, and I now have no doubt in my mind I will get there.
Take this away from my brain dump: Life is not a race; we need to maintain a pace with reality.
Everything is happening in divine order. We want to control everything and force things to happen, but trust and go with the flow of your life.
Believe in yourself, create balance in your life, and continue finding happiness in the little things. Let things go and trust yourself to reach your highest potential because you are deserving of that.
Rise above the dualistic nature of the physical world and become one with your existence and your current state of purpose for life.