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Wait, you never told me this would be hard

This is a guest post by Megan Pridemore for InternMatch’s Student Stories. If you’re interested in getting involved with Student Stories, learn more here.

One school transfer, two major changes, three years of college later and I’m still not sure what I want to do with my life.

As a kid, planning my life was easy. I would graduate high school and get into a very prestigious college on a full scholarship. I would then become a marine biologist and swim with dolphins everyday for the rest of my life – no problem.


No one ever told me that college was so difficult and expensive. And that going to college does not guarantee you a job in the field that you wish to work. It’s taken me 21 years to remotely figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life and no, it’s not marine biology.

I’ve recently started working as the graphic design editor for my bi-weekly campus newspaper – far from marine biology, I know.

Considering that this was the first job I’d gotten that was relevant to my major, I was completely excited to get some experience under my belt. After all, I had taken one whole semester of Intro to Graphic Design at my university, which made me more than qualified for the job… least, that’s what I thought.

For anyone who does not know, a graphic design editor designs the overall layout of the newspaper and places the stories and images on the page. As our first issue of the semester rolled around, I slowly realized that I had no idea how to layout a newspaper. I’d never done it before, so what did I resort to?


Google would surely teach me how to layout newspapers like a professional. Wrong.

As I struggled through the night to create something that resembled a newspaper, it finally occurred to me: this is only the beginning.

By trial and error I would find my way through the makings of my career.

And there would be many more nights when I will have fallen into another hole and wonder how in the world will I get out of this? That’s just another one of those things that no one ever told me as a kid.  It’s just something you have to figure out for yourself.

Even though I’ve gotten the hang of designing the newspaper, I always have to remember that there is still so much to learn. And there’s always more than one way to do things, so I can’t get discouraged if things don’t work out just right the first time.

Let this be advice to my first-day-on-the-job self and to anyone else who will face his or her first day on a new job, especially anyone who aspires to be a marine biologist.


About the Author:

My name is Megan Pridemore and I love doing creative pieces of work. I enjoy writing, crafting, design, singing, and acting. I like to embrace anything that provides a creative outlet to the mundane schoolwork that I endure from day to day.
Email: Twitter: @meggylou11

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