As a native Portlander, I have to admit, I didn’t appreciate our city like I do now. I think it’s because each day, we are immersed in the city life and are face-to-face with what Portland has to offer us. It has helped that my internship emphasizes the Portland community and tries to find aspects of the city and relate it back to current events at work site. I am sure many of you can relate with local papers, agencies etc.
Bottom line is, whether we are leaving the city, leaving the state or even staying in Portland, there is so much to appreciate and more to experience. This is a great place to network. We have so many opportunities. I also think it’s important to think of everyone and everything we meet as an opportunity. You never know who knows who! This place has a ton to offer, but nevertheless, it’s a small world! Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get hired right away, but take each person you meet or place you see as an opportunity. Have a drink at a new restaurant, continue informational interviews, run on the waterfront, tour an agency and I could go on.
Whether it’s our city’s beauty, weirdness or endless opportunities, let’s appreciate our surroundings for a second. Next time you’re looking out of the windows in the Turnbull Center, soak it up! We are lucky to live in such a city. I am confident we will leave our mark here, whatever we end up doing.
by Desirae MacGillivray