I’m usually the one behind the camera (which is why it’s rare that you’ll see photos of me on my blog) but on my third day at New York Fashion Week, I got photographed. Twice!
Last week was the first week/beginning of what I would consider to be…. my dream internship.
I’ve only been in the office for 5 days in total so far, but it feels like I’ve been there for a month; I’ve done and learned so much already.
After a full day of interning and attending a night class to finish off the day, I come home completely exhausted yet satisfied because I am so excited by the new things I’m learning and seeing each day.
Wow. So tomorrow is the first day of my last semester of college. Winter break flew by!
A lot has happened in just the past week. Some of the things that come to mind: I took the time to write a long letter to a friend, I lost my phone in the city and I had an amazing long heart to heart conversation with someone I just met.
If there’s anything I have learned this winter break, it is the power of words (or lack thereof). Not having a phone and not being able to communicate efficiently has put me at a disadvantage (although it is liberating in a way.) The relationships that have formed just from the moment of courage it takes to start a conversation or ask a question is astounding. The impact on the recipient of a letter just from some candid thought and emotion that went into a handwritten message.
Things like this are often taken for granted in a world that has replaced human contact and interaction with screens, swipes and buttons; the world has become isolated, automated and detached; The power of words and the emotions and ideas it evokes has never been so strong.
All the interactions I’ve had with people this winter break has really stressed the importance of words in business and life: how, the words you say are just as important as what you don’t say. How the manner in which you say something sometimes matters more than what you actually say. How I would rather regret having said it than leaving something unsaid.
Words also have the awesome ability of having power even without the security of a sentence. When I think of the semester ahead and what I hope it will be like, I think of certain words. Words like success, love, enrich and win as shown in the street art I came across downtown.
Around Thanksgiving, I applied for a Learn Chinese contest so I would have the chance to win Chinese lessons at the China Institute here in New York. We were asked to submit an image or essay about why we want to learn Chinese. I sent both an image and essay and a couple weeks later found out I was one of three finalists. It was then time to post it on Facebook for the public to vote and ultimately choose the winner.
I’ve been seeing a lot of “Things I wish I knew when I was 20 Something” or “Things I learned in my 20′s” articles floating around the internet rcently.
This post is the beginning of the TILWIT series: Things I’m Learning While I’m Twenty-something. 21 to be exact.
I once met a lovely woman while I was volunteering 7 months ago in the city. She and I had multiple talks but she said something I will never forget: “I’m not 72 years old. I have 72 years of experience.”
Having been in New York for 3+ years and having turned 21 recently. I’m not 21 years old. I have 21 years of experience. So here it goes: A list of lessons learned throughout the years and things that are coming into sharp focus this year, especially. (more after the jump)