A Redirection

So, the word came today regarding my attempt at an NPR Internship. At the moment, it’s a no. But I’m ok with that! I knew this was going to be a building up, a taking of steps.

Speaking of, I tried to find the cover letter I’d written for this position and am a bit dismayed that I hadn’t saved it! In it, I noted that this would be, to paraphrase Neil Armstrong, “a small step in my preparation, but a giant leap toward my dream.” My dream was then, is still, and has been for fifteen years to work in some capacity for this network. I acknowledge of course that maybe life has something I don’t yet know in store for me, and so am open to that possibility as well. It’s as a quote I saw yesterday says so well: “A no isn’t a rejection, but a redirection”.

So my task now is to sit down with myself and decide on my next steps. I think first though that I can allow myself to feel what I’m feeling, at least for a night, which is a bit of sadness tempered with pleasure that I finally dared to dip my toe into the waters surrounding my ultimate destination. I think my most important “next steps” are to work on reshaping my resume and just trying to determine exactly what it is I wish to get out of a position, as well as what I can bring to it. Then I do need to acquire some kind of field experience (i.e. internship) so that when I complete my current Master’s I’ll be able to put it to use. I do understand that all of this will take time though, and appreciate your support and joining me as I think everything out.

This message came on the heels of a quiet, somewhat gloomy Monday anyway, the first back at work in nearly a month. To cheer myself up, and yes in addition to the reading I’m doing for class, I’m also reading three (3!) pleasure books. Two of them, Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe, and Maid to Match by DeeAnne Gist, take place in Asheville, the spot I will be heading to for vacation this Friday! I will probably do that sort of reading before visiting most places now, because it’s so easy to type in keywords and find a book on a place, and reading said books enhances my travel experience. I think these especially will, as I’m learning about the Biltmore Estate, a giant house that we will be visiting. But I’ll tell you that whole story after I’ve walked those grounds. At the moment, I’m so happy to have that to look forward to. Have you managed to go anywhere yet this summer? What did you do? More soon.

5 Responses to A Redirection

  1. You have a good attitude, and you will prevail! Keep up the good work. When I started a computer consulting business years ago, I remember I had a list of around 100 companies, and some sales guru’s proclamation that you have to make 100 cold calls for each sale. I was prepared to phone every one of those companies! Fortunately I didn’t have to. You will find an internship way before the 100-mark!

  2. Also, I listen to a daily podcast done by an ex-NPR reporter/host and ex-NPR producer. I am wondering if an informational interview with them or someone like them would be helpful.

    My other idea is commercial radio. We have a talk radio station here in Seattle trying to bring in other points of view. There are some good things happening in commercial radio.

    • Thanks, always so good to hear from you. Yeah, i’m going to try and set up some informational interviews, as that is a good way to get a sense of what I should do to better my chances. I know I need to boost my resume, but figuring out exactly how is the challenge. I could try commercial radio, though at present I don’t know a whole lot about that. We shall see, though.

  3. It’s hard to receive rejection. John, I’m sorry you didn’t get into the program. However, it sounds like you’re continuing forward.
    Hmmm. Have you considered doing a first person, narrative, experience driven podcast in the likes of say Megan Tan’s Millennial? It would be immediate learning curve: recording, editing, producing your own stuff to leading to growth and experience. You’re right in the middle of a state of change, working through grad school, looking to the future, and of course the perspective of living with a disability. Sounds like a compelling listen to me!

    • I am considering doing a podcast, but have to think of ways to make it interesting. Also am trying to work on a newsletter for the Norrie Disease Association. Being in school and having a job does make any extra a real challenge. But I know I have to stay on it if I hope for any of this to work. Can’t get tired yet! Thanks for reading and contributing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *