I was particularly psyched to write this blog post. It’s the start of a new semester…or it was a few months back. And things are happening rapidly. In this crazy madness of school, work, and extracurriculars I have this growing excitement.
If you would’ve told me as a freshman that I would be this excited about my future, Freshman Me wouldn’t have believed you. Thinking back on that time I was very shy, insecure, and anxious. In fact, I even questioned my place at Fontbonne. For a while, I panicked and thought maybe I had made the wrong decision.
Now I’m over the moon about being a Griffin. (Do people still say “over the moon?”) In a few months, I’ll be a graduate. And for the first time I can adamantly say that I am excited for the future. Sure, it’s scary. But I have so many ambitions.
Aside from all the normal adult things that us millennials dream about (apartment, financial stability, health insurance, a pet…), I’m most excited for my career. Part of the reason, I think, that I’m most excited is because that I don’t know for sure what will happen. That fear factor would’ve scared me off, say, a semester ago. But something about being so close to the end has caused me to have a drastic change of heart.
I’m a proud art major who is expanding her horizons. I love art and drawing dearly but I also like to code. It was something that I was always interested in but wasn’t sure that I was smart enough, had enough drive, or even had time to pursue it. The few computer science courses that I was able to take sparked enough of a curiosity in me that I am now looking at an apprenticeship at LaunchCode!
It’s definitely a lesson: There is more than one way to do things and more than one way to look at things. Try all sorts of things before settling on what you want. And it’s okay to change your mind! There’s always another path.
This weather we have been having makes me so so happy! The 60-70 degree weather is to die for, and I can’t wait until it is here all the time. This kind of weather makes the wait for spring a little unbearable, and I cannot wait. The April flowers are so gorgeous, and St. Louis in the spring weather is so charming. The Art Museum is opening their famous exhibit: “Art in Bloom,” and I am so excited to walk the halls of the art museum, the exhibit is absolutely breathtaking. Watercolor is one of my favorite art forms to do and to see. I encourage everyone to get outside this weekend, enjoy the beautiful weather. Also check out the “Art in Bloom” opening on February 24! I am most excited for the beautiful spring weather and a fabulous trip to one of my favorite St. Louis staples: the art museum!
With it being officially fall what better to join the weather and the leaves changing colors then visiting Laumeier Sculpture Park.
One of their most recognizable sculptures.
Located off Rott Road and only 20 minutes from the Arch, Laumeier Sculpture Park is a must see! You can spend all day walking around discovering all the sculptures that this park has to offer. There is so much talent lurking around each corner and behind each tree. But, make sure to grab a map so you don’t miss anything! The park is free and open from 8 am until sunset. Oh, and did I mention it was FREE?! Take a group of friends and visit this fun and astonishing park, take lots of pictures, and even a lunch to enjoy.
I’ve been in Internship-land for the past year. Internships are pretty common among art students. Junior Synthesis is a class that prepares art students for the real world. And applying for internships is one of the requirements. Internships are a sure-fire way to gain experience and knowledge without all the pressure of a full-time job (although you might be surprised! They can be just as much work sometimes.)
Most importantly, they are a learning experience. You’re not supposed to know everything right away. Since I’ve applied to quite a few now, I thought it would be handy to share some tips with you!
- ALWAYS write and attach a cover letter, unless they specifically don’t ask for one or there is no place to attach it. Some internship applications will say you can add one “if desired”. You absolutely should!
- Don’t be afraid of the Big Bad Cover Letter. Cover letters get easier with each one you make. You can also use parts of your previous cover letters and tailor them for the next one. But remember to be authentic–don’t copy your old cover letter entirely! Also, you might seem like you’re getting a bit redundant. That’s natural, especially if you’re just starting out. Work on it until it feels right and real it aloud, maybe to some friends, to get some feedback.
- Don’t sell yourself short. It might feel awkward, but you have to emphasize your skills and strengths. If you think something is worthwhile, then it probably is! Mention it!
- Keep applying. There’s no rule that says you can only apply for one internship. Apply for as many as you can. If you get accepted to more than one, pick which one you think is the best fit.
- Have patience. This is what all your friends and family will tell you. And when they stop telling you, you have to tell yourself! You will get something. And besides, with every application it gets easier to write the next. The experience of just applying is worth it.