Thousands of dollars in debt, hours of studying, declining party invitations are just some of the sacrifices that I’ve had to make to earn my degree and be part of the University of Oregon. I must say that it has been worth it.
I didn’t realize how advanced the University of Oregon has made me above the competition. I haven’t realized this until recently because I’m now working with the fall interns and even though I’ve been working through the summer and I’m more familiar with the company I still came with a set of skills that some just don’t bring to the table.
This post is not implying that all those are inferior who didn’t attended the University of Oregon. What I’m saying is that I’m glad that University of Oregon has equipped me with a range of skills in technology, writing, and speaking. The School of Journalism and Communication required that we learn how to use the latest technology to learn how to design as well as how to expand our creativity to bring our ideas to life.
While getting to know the new intern and discussing our educational backgrounds I found that the expectations were different at other school’s journalism programs. Technology was not part of the curriculum and pitches were not put to practice.
Learning from the School of Journalism and Communication has made me the go-to person when there is a design project, social media campaign, or for the next big idea. I feel like an asset to the company and I know I wouldn’t feel like that if I hadn’t attended the University of Oregon.
I find myself teaching the other intern things that I have learned from the University of Oregon not necessarily as an intern. I’m excited to get to know the different perspectives that other graduates have to offer. Even though we don’t have the same training we both have the same passion to work for the company.
As I make my way up in my career I don’t know what to expect from my competition but I’m glad I’ve got a taste of the competition at my internship.