For most people, there was someone you always looked up to. Whether it was your parents, a teacher, a coach, or even a celebrity, you always thought they had their life all together. You see these people “adulting” and think that you need to be like that too in order to feel accomplished. Our society has made this word, “adulting” into a funny hashtag, but in reality, it’s every young adults’ goal to be doing it.


As millennials,  we think that we have to have our next 5-10 years figured out and we feel this pressure that if we don’t choose the right career path now, we’ll be lost down the road. Well let me reassure you, you are not the only one who has this fear. If my internship has taught me anything, it has taught me these three things about the dreaded word, “adulting” and how to own it.

Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “you are your biggest critic,” and although I do think you should work hard and hold yourself accountable, remember you are still learning and every day and every project is not going to be perfect. All you can do is learn from it and be better.

Don’t Give Up

In almost every job or internship I’ve had, it has crossed my mind to quit. Instead of that, think about how this opportunity is just a stepping stone and it will lead you to where you need to be. It will give you the expereince you need for that next job.

Be Grateful

Be grateful you were accepted into this program and you have so many resources to utilize. Be grateful you realize what you do or don’t like about your job. Not everyone gets that opportunity to “test drive their career.”

I want to leave off by saying that “adulting” isn’t about getting up at the crack of dawn every morning and putting on a tie and going to work. “Adulting” is giving yourself credit, not giving up, and being grateful. Don’t be intimidated, be better.

Megan Moran


About Megan Moran

Hi, my name is Megan Moran. I am extremely passionate about Broadcast Journalism and Communications. I am currently immersed in my last year at the University of Oregon and my expected graduation date is June 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. I am a proud Oregon native, originally from Portland. I crave the smell of the rain on occasion and I dream about the snowy slopes on Mt. Hood. Although, nothing beats a warm, sunny day on the Oregon Coast. The PNW is my happy place. My journey into the realm of Journalism first sparked when I was young, however, as I got older, my interest in Journalism became more apparent. I have always been inspired by journalists in the industry, such as Giuliana Rancic. Her ability to develop her brand in an professional way, her work ethic and tenacity, and most importantly, her strong relationships she builds with others is what motivated me to become a journalist. Her passions are what motivate her and I am the exact same way. Although I have always wanted to be a Broadcast journalist, in the last year I have also sparked an interest in Public Relations. It is very important to me to connect with people on a daily basis and I strongly value communication through school and the workplace. I find engaging with all kinds of people very rewarding. As long as it has to do with people, count me in. Last summer, I interned for a radio station in Portland called, "98.7 The Bull," which is a country music station under Alpha Media Broadcasting Agency. This internship provided me the opportunity to learn many different broadcasting abilities. For example, how to operate a sound board, edit audio clips, create podcasts, expand their social media, and perfectly execute a show from start to finish. This internship gave me not only tremendous experience in the field, but also gave me the confidence as an aspiring journalist. As of August 2015, I was offered a part-time job with "98.7 The Bull" as an on-air personality by the name of, "MJ." I've broken down many comfort barriers and utilized many networks to achieve my goals as a radio personality and student. My goals following graduation include expanding my horizons in the PR and broadcast journalism industry and continuing my life-long dream of making a difference. Please feel free to comment with any ideas or opinions on my blog posts. For more information about me visit my LinkedIn @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-moran-971b2971 or email me at mmoran6@uoregon.edu.
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2 Responses to “Adulting”

  1. pdxsx says:

    WOW! What a great post, Megan! So insightful and so, SO, true! Too many young people get caught up in the “adulting” role and fail to recognize their own achievements. So much useful advice here.

  2. Great post Megan! I think we can all relate to the pressures and hard parts about “adulting,” and so your tips are really good reminders of how to maintain perspective during this crazy transitionary time. I especially like that you included being grateful as we navigate all the new opportunities we’ve been given.

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