Just say yes.

Journalism was never my “thing” growing up, it was just an idea put into my head by TV shows and movies as this fantastic crazy career that endlessly ricochets around the world, dragging you along with it. And it is so exciting.

In the beginning, I was always volunteering for events and projects without really knowing where they lead or if I would even enjoy them.

And last year in the middle of October, there was a first-time conference for high school journalists from all over Oregon. Volunteers were needed and as usual I signed up, without really knowing anything about it. After a long hectic day, I realized how extremely cool and satisfying it was to put something together like that. I went out of my way to help the director of the non-profit behind the event. Her excitement about everything was so infectious that I stayed to help in the end.


Then in spring term I got an email inviting the volunteers from October to apply for an internship in the fall. Without thinking about it, I did.

The director from last year remembered me simply by my enthusiasm and I was in (along with many recommendations, of course). I had no idea what I was getting into this fall, but I dove right in.

Today was our one huge event of the term, and I still feel like I’m figuring out what I’m doing, but I’m excited about it.

From what I’ve learned this term so far, especially today, is to just try things with a positive attitude. Just say yes and try things. And most importantly, be enthusiastic about it, even if it is out of your comfort zone. You never know how far it will get you.

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5 Responses to Just say yes.

  1. Jasmine N. Rockow says:

    I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying your internship, Guru. It’s so satisfying to watch people enjoy themselves at an event that you helped create. And who knows how many people were infected by your sense of enthusiasm today.

  2. cmfbianco says:

    Good post, Guru! Your attitude towards trying new things is inspiring; trying new things can be challenging, and it is great that you dive in head first. We should all take note of how beneficial a positive attitude can be. You stood out because you were enthusiastic, and that is something I think a lot of employers like to see in young professionals. I hope the event today went well!

  3. Hannah Olson says:

    I love your positivity in this post, thanks for sharing! Sometimes it’s hard to take a chance when you don’t know enough about what you’re getting into, but I think it’s the best way to find out what you like and dislike. Also, you never know who you’ll meet along the way. I worked at Fall Press Day last year for my job actually. I’m sure this year’s event went really well!

  4. pdxsx says:

    Nice work, Guru. I hope Fall Press Day was a smashing success. I know you have been putting in some long, LONG hours getting ready for it. Up next: an internship-related trip to BOSTON! Kick ass!

  5. aubreyhayden says:

    I also didn’t know I would get involved with journalism until relatively recently. It’s weird how quickly that can expand and take over your life.

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