#UOnyc12 Life is one long lesson.
Call me cliché. Call me pretentious. Call me whatever you want, but it’s true and this past week that I spent in New York with the University of Oregon Ad program was hands down the best experience of my life.
Many people may say the same thing for very different reasons. One person may say it because they love being immersed in such a diverse city. Another will say it’s because of the nightlife. While those two aspects of New York are great in their own way, they are not the reasons why I sit here in my room in the relaxed city of Eugene, OR and am in almost disbelief that I was able to share that experience with some amazing people.
Here are some of the lessons I took away from #UOnyc12:
Patience is a virtue. My trip, along with about ten others, started out with us expecting to get in to NYC at around 2 p.m. with time for shenanigans, but due to a mechanical failure with our plane, it turned into us not knowing if we’d even make it there on time for our first agency visit on Monday. Instead of overreacting, we stayed patient, stayed positive and got there earlier than we would have if we’d switched flights.
Guys. Sharing a bed is not as bad as it sounds and it a lot more comfortable than a hard floor littered with dirty clothes, trash, and electronic devices.
Inspiration is everywhere. It could be graffiti. It could be fashion. It could be architecture. It could be the streets. It could be a hand-drawn presentation. Inspiration is everywhere.
For the most part, people have good intentions. Me and two other friends were approached by a random girl asking for help in finding her way around. After telling her we weren’t from around NY and we trying to find a bar she told us she just arrived earlier in that afternoon to find a job and it was her birthday. We invited her to join us in our journey to find a place to grab a drink and got to help make her birthday afternoon that much better.
Working at a movie theater can be the most interesting part of your resume. The first question I was asked was about working at a movie theater. If you look hard enough, experience can be found in everything you’ve accomplished. So when you are making your resume and feeling down about not having a great internship of job stop. Look at the job you had getting you through college or that barista job you had for a summer.There will be something that relates to the field you are entering, you just have to find it.
Life really is a lesson. We just have to pay enough attention to learn from it. Thank you to Deb Morrison, Harsha Gangadharbatla, and Dave Koranda for making this experience possible. #UOnyc12 will be a memory never forgotten.