BTS: Exploration

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Hello Lovelies!

One of the things I'm constantly talking about to anyone who will listen, is how important it is to explore your options well you're in school.

Regardless, of if you're in Middle School, High School, College, or even if you're doing internships or working your way up in a company or industry, it's important to explore who you are and what your options are.

I wrote for the newspaper in middle school, never picked it back up. But, I write all the time. I'm constantly telling stories. I interview people all the time for my college papers or even just to ask questions about industries I want to go into. That one year experience, taught me how to tell stories, how to ask questions, how to dig deeper and challenge the status quo. I also got a taste outside the little bubble I was in. When my classmates were writing stories on middle school dances and dress codes, I noticed a lot of the students coming into my district at the time were refuges so I got permission to run an interview with someone who worked as a peacekeeper in warzone situations.  I wrote about things that interested me, and maybe no one else really wanted to read them, but my teachers still let me write them. They were allowing me to find myself through words.

I took a film course in high school. I wanted to be a director, then a photographer. I can't even explain how much that basic knowledge of film has helped me in my major and stand apart from my peers on my resume. (Yes, I include filming and editing skills on my resume.)

I took a marketing course in 10th grade. Did fairly well, but I thought I would never use it again. My senior year, I enrolled in duel enrollment and took marketing courses at a local Tech Center. I realized I was interested in trends. Marketing was storytelling and it was communicating. And I understood the complex language of it, I was interested in it because it was always changing. That year, I not only finished a major chunk of my degree, but I won awards for my marketing skills and projects I put out. I've had my reviews published, I've worked with companies to help create business plans, and I've made amazing connections. I've photographed TedxGR (for education) and I've met so many entrepreneurs who are doing amazing things. These are things I've only dreamed of, I never thought I would ever be living them in a million years.

Moral of the story, I wouldn't have ever figured out I had an interest in marketing if I never tried things I wasn't sure I liked. My high school was amazing at offering so many courses that I got the opportunity to explore my interests.

Apart, none of my explorations seem to go together. But I learned to write and ask questions. I learned to present my ideas and put them into action. I learned how to draw a crowd to hear my ideas and I learned to listen to what people want. I didn't realize it at the time, but all the things I've tried over the years, taught me how to market. I have so much to learn, and I can't wait to learn them.

But, if I never tried anything, I would never be in the position I am today. I may currently just be a tiny speck of dust on the grand scheme of things, but my passion is still burning bright.

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1 comments

  1. agreed. you've got to try different things before you find what you love.
    I studied languages in high school, at college I went for maths based courses, studied economics at uni and now I am software technician and blogger. :p Soooo different than from when I started.

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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