I was talking to a few friends, alumni and coworkers at a journalism luncheon yesterday when the topic of life after college came up.
“Life after college” would always be my answer when someone asked me my greatest fear.
But when I was listing off the publications at which I was applying for internships, I was strangely confident.
“Yeah, I want to write and report, so I’m hoping to apply at a magazine like Time Out New York… or a newspaper like The Wall Street Journal,” I said, matter-of-factly.
They smirked at me from across the table and paused.
I could tell they thought I was aiming too high. Why would somebody at The Wall Street Journal hire me? Why would anyone hire me right out of college?
Have I learned anything in college? What experience do I have for reporting?
Thinking back to yesterday’s lunch, I’m sort of freaking out. My mantra has always been “Aim high.” Should I lower my standards?
I’m still going to apply… everywhere. But it just saddens me that there is a little bit of doubt lingering.