He then interned at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, publishing profiles of small businesses and innovative Rochestarians. He also volunteered as a news reporter for the Campus Times.
“About a week before graduation, I successfully landed a job as a full-time staff writer at my hometown's newspaper, The Dunkirk Observer. The position had opened up in February, and I applied as soon as I had heard about it.
Internships helped me out immensely in landing my new job in the field I have always wanted to work in, even before I started college.
If you truly want to live your dream, not only do you need to work hard in school, but you need to get real-world experience. Get your foot in the door whenever possible, network with people to build up powerful references, and take advantage of any opportunity that is given to you, like I did when I decided to intern in DC for an entire semester.
I'm from a very small town of less than 3,000 people, so I was apprehensive about going there at first. However, I realized this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I overcame my fear and decided to go for the program there.
Having a good online presence also helped. I maintained a professional LinkedIn account and resume and created a professional Twitter account displaying my love for journalism. Having a good family support system helped boost myself up, as well, whenever I had doubts or second guesses. I am now working in my dream field and doing what I love as a full-fledged job now. I couldn't be happier."