The arts were an important aspect of my childhood: if I wasn’t in band or reading, what would I be doing? I wasn’t good at math, and while science was interesting, I didn’t like dealing with numbers. Music has numbers too, but it’s not complex like measurements.
When I heard about public schools cutting the arts to pay more attention to exercise, I was disappointed. When my university football program made itself to be in dire need of funds and pushing humanities to the side, I was shocked. People give money to athletic programs, but the arts get left with nothing.
Now, Trump wants to eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and its sister agency National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). These are federally funded programs that have done so much for rural America, and saving lives through drawing, painting, reading, writing, music and theater.
I can’t explain the need for continued funding for the Arts in this post, but this article in Paste Magazine can, by looking at how low-income, at-risk children and war veterans will be affected by the proposed cut. And this article in Quartz, documenting how important the NEH is to America’s story.
Yes, we all need to know basic math. We need to embrace technology at work and learn how to use a computer and some software. We need to exercise and be healthy. But we also need to be creative and express who we are. You can’t express your feelings in a spreadsheet.
As if you need ANOTHER new blog “idea” from me, readers, I’m back with my third (or fourth?) one. But this is a good idea, for real. This will be my personal/professional blog. No themed posts on certain days of the week anymore. No long delays between posts.
This new blog, a transformed version of My Life will be personal posts, outings, food reviews/recipes, and a space for my published articles from my volunteer writing days (I won’t count those days out just yet, though. I might go back to it for the time being). Posts will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Time to get serious.
I had two interviews last week, one for retail and the other for a communications internship. Honestly I wanted both but was really hoping for the internship since, as I’ve posted on here, I want to be a journalist. I thought I didn’t do a good job at the first but excelled at the second.
But as luck would have it, I got an offer from the retail and a rejection from the internship. Frankly I was happy about the former.
…and I’m sad about the latter.
I had big plans for that internship: it was going to be my first post-college writing job and it was going to finally let me get my foot in the door to other opportunities. I’m sad. I can’t keep track of how many writing jobs I applied to but I’m getting tired of the rejection. What’s it gonna take to secure a real writing job? Is it amazing writing samples? Multimedia skills?
What is it?
I can’t figure it out. But in regards to samples, I can practice writing all I want but without them being edited by a real editor and published in a magazine or website, are they worth showing to employers? (This is my biggest question, and Google isn’t helping).
If I could go back and start college over, I would’ve majored in journalism, written for the school newspaper for a longer period of time, and done an internship.
I’m at a loss as to what to do about this career I want to pursue. My back up plan (work full-time and write on the side) is still an option, but I really want a full-time writing job.
So, what should I do now? And what about clips? What counts as writing samples to employers? Should I *gasp* give up?