I definitely told everyone that I was going to be a lawyer up until I was a sophomore in college. People actually went along with it too. I love a great argument, I did a couple of mock trial classes and I aced them. I loved watching the judge shows and could rule on the case before it ended. When I went to college, the second semester of my freshman year, I pledged and joined a co-ed pre-law fraternity. Then splat..journalism came into my life, then again..splat..social media management came into my life. And that’s what I’m doing now.
Again, I was always watching the news. In a household that didn’t have cable until I was in 8th grade, the news stayed on 24/7, well except for the occasional PBS 13 shows like “Antique’s Roadshow” and “Keeping Up Appearances.” But I mostly watched the news. The news kept me super informed and I enjoyed watching it. I also enjoyed reading it. I remember begging my mother to subscribe to the NYTimes so that I could read it on my long commute to my Manhattan high school from Brooklyn. And she obliged me (thanks mom). My teachers were impressed about how much I knew and honestly it was only because I immersed myself in the news. I started writing for the college paper near the end of my sophomore year.
At the end of my junior year, I was blessed with the opportunity to be the editor-in-chief of Her Campus Albany. I could still write, but the main focus was social media and marketing products that were sent to us etc. I fell in love with the social media aspect. Who doesn’t want to be on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook all day and watch their followers and engagement grow?
I am currently in my final semester of graduate school, where I will receive my Master’s in Journalism. But, I currently work in social media, save for the two small newspaper jobs that I have (WHICH I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, SHOUT OUT TO CNG). So yes, I will continue to work in social media after I graduate, managing sites, content and maybe even building websites (I do that on the side).
Thanks for listening.