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Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads

Sorry I’ve been posting so sporadically – senior spring is harder than you can even realize.

I’m at a weird point right now, and it’s because I can see how finite the college experience really is. We’ve got, what is it, 6 weeks left at this point? That’s not a lot of time, and seeing a number that small (which will only be getting smaller) really gets you to prioritize things.

What makes those 6 weeks seem even less significant is the fact that – pause for effect – I got a job! –Ish. I got an internship for 10 weeks this summer, so for at least 10 weeks this year I will be employed. It’s at Proof IC, which is Burson-Marsteller’s go at branching out into advertising, and I’m going to be copywriting. And you know what, I’m really lucky, because I must have sent out 30 job applications, and Proof was one of only a handful that got back to me. With good reason, though. I’m not studying advertising here, and aside from a campaign I’m running right now for a big space-themed day the Space Club is planning for next week, I haven’t really done anything that could fill a portfolio.

For a long time, I was really not into the concept of networking. You know, naïve old me and pipe dreams of a meritocracy. But I would be unemployed and (if the people I talked to in the business are right) at somewhat of a dead-end career wise if I didn’t use the employment channels made available to me. Aggressively use, at that. Here’s the degrees of Bacon – I go to Colby, where I go to school with a kid who’s dad is a VP at Johnson & Johnson, his dad got me a job in the communications department, that hires BM as an outside agency to handle bigger jobs which I asked for a tour of, and got showed around Proof and advised by a current copywriter, who held my hand through the application process and put in a good word for me. I don’t know how many degrees that is but that’s not the point anyway. The guy who showed me around is essentially going to be my mentor this summer. That’s the point.

The VP at J&J was a crazy nice guy and didn’t need to help me out as much as he did. But I knew where his office was and made sure he knew that I wanted to meet people in advertising. I’m not an employer, but I would think it’s good to let people know you have ambition.

Non-sequitor, Michael Hecht of NASA and MIT (a real life rocket scientist) is coming to speak at Colby this Thursday, which is going to be prefaced with the famous Colby cheese platter and followed by a screening of ‘Apollo 13.’ Yes this counts as part of my ad campaign.

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I’m a hero

Oh man I have a lot going on right now.

Yesterday was especially busy. I had to wake up early because I had to read an entire book for my fiction writing class. A class, mind you, that I missed half of because I was ambushed by the Red Cross. My blood type is O positive so I guess it’s kind of important for me to donate, but it took an hour and half from start to finish.

After class I met with my advisor to change my major from English Lit to Creative Writing, which I feel is more representative of what I’m studying here. It’s been a long road to get that major change, though, because of the requirements. Creative writing is the English major plus four extra writing workshop classes, and since I didn’t know I wanted to be an English major until the end of my sophomore year, I was at a real disadvantage. I think it’s a testament to the Colby faculty that they were able to sit down and work out what classes I could get to count towards my new major. I don’t know that that would have happened in a bigger school.

I set up my linkedin.com profile. I don’t know if that’s news worthy or not, but it’s a finely tuned machine right now. I even put a portfolio of sorts up there. Check me out, gangsters, I’m kind of a big deal.

Finally, TONIGHT IS THE FIRST OBSERVATION NIGHT FOR MY CLUB. I’m so excited to learn how to use the crazy telescope that we have in the observatory. Tonight we’re going to be able to see the Andromeda Galaxy, Jupiter, and the Orion Nebula. Not bad. And not to jinx it, but as of right now, I can’t see a cloud in the sky.

Later nerds.

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