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Last summer, in August 2011, I had the opportunity to intern at Seventeen Magazine. It was one of the most surreal experiences of my life because it felt as if right before my eyes, my dreams were coming true! I began reading Seventeen when I was ten-years-old and ever since then, I would daydream about being a part of the team that created my beloved magazine.
Many girls ask me what it was like to intern at Seventeen and each time, I reply with the same enthusiastic, "It was amazing!" It really was, but my internship experience is different than every other intern last summer because interning becomes what you make of it. Just like life, actually!
Therefore, instead of explaining what my personal experience was like, I'd love to share with you a few tips that I've learned along the way that helped me accomplish my dream of interning at what I consider the best magazine ever...
Don't give up.
I once heard that if the front door isn't open, try the backdoor, and if the backdoor isn't open, climb through the window. That's always stuck with me because it's so true! Finding new solutions for overcoming the challenges and obstacles in your way will help you so much.
Say thank you.
Always, always, always be grateful. When you ask for something and your humble about it, chances are the person you're talking to will be eager to help. Whenever someone does something to help you take the next step in furthering your goals, take the time to thank them – it's essential! Personally, I lean towards a hand-written note.
There is a famous Gandhi saying that goes, "Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny." It's a powerful quote and what resonates with me is the line about your thoughts becoming your actions. You want to lead with your best foot forward so remembering to think good thoughts will help you do that!
It sounds much simpler than it actually is (I would know firsthand!), but remaining authentic to yourself by staying true to your values and maintaining strong convictions will keep you on the right path. Even when you feel like you're straying, by reflecting on the things that make you feel most alive and most happy, you'll end up in the best possible place for you.