Take the Leap of Faith


When I first started my internship a little over 8 weeks ago, I remember feeling anxious, but ready. I was ready to take on the real world. I was ready to work hard and make a mark. I was ready to use my expertise to create a valuable experience, however, I was still anxious about the unknown. 

fakeittilyoumakeit-277x300Now, here I am. I only have a little over two weeks left at my internship and I still feel all the above. I feel well prepared for my next journey, but I still feel a little anxiety about what is going to happen next. I don’t only fear the unknown, but I also fear that I will fail at whatever I do next. According to Forbes.com, it’s human nature to fear failure and when we go outside of our comfort zone, we feel scared. However, there is one quote that keeps me going.

According to GenY Success, “the definition of courage isn’t about not being fearful, it’s about overcoming your fears.” Ever since I read that sentence for the first time, it dances around in my head at all times. It has inspired me to take a leap of faith  into the corporate world and take a risk on myself. Sure, I may not be the most qualified for the job, but I sure as hell will act like I am. Ever heard the phrase, “fake it ’til you make it?” I cannot tell you how many times I have been told, even from supervisors, this advice. And honestly, I do find it very true.

My point is, if you feel like you even have the slightest chance to get a job that seems out of your reach, don’t be afraid to go for it. And if you don’t know how to do something, learn it. Watch YouTube tutorials or read a book on it. Nothing should be able to stop you from being the most desirable candidate you can be. And if you don’t get that job, don’t let it discourage you from trying to get the next one. Take that leap of faith, it just might pay off.

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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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5 Responses to Take the Leap of Faith

  1. pdxsx says:

    Congrats on the term’s final blog post, Megan! Very well thought out and researched. I think failure is one of those fears that transcends all generations.

  2. I’m convinced the fear of the unknown is the official mindset of an intern. Just as you wrote though, it is all about overcoming your fears. Your post was very inspirational to me. Good job Megan!

  3. Thanks for this post, Megan! I think many of us can relate to this fear of the unknown and being a little worried about failure as we make yet another transition out of our internships to whatever may lie ahead. All we can do from here is put our best effort out and go fearlessly forward. I think you made some great points here.

  4. Thank you for sharing this post Megan.The fear of the unknown can very worrisome, however if we are not scared of accomplishing our biggest goals, then anything is truly possible. You made me feel 100 times better with this post.

  5. Thanks for sharing this sound advice, Megan! You speak to a truth that I think every post-graduate or job-seeker faces. It’s so important to not limit yourself or sell yourself short due to your own fears. Thanks for touching on this important topic!

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