Sometimes I wake up and wonder, how did I end up landing such a sweet position in a well-known organization? Beats me. I think it was just my charm. Just kidding! If only the world worked that way.
Growing up, I had always dreamt of working in the journalism industry. I can remember drafting up my own newsletters for the club I created in elementary school with some girlfriends. I know, I know - what could there possibly be to write about in elementary school. You would be surprised, our newsletters consisted of mostly breaking news and trending topics like who likes who and what happened on the playground today. Go ahead and laugh -- I’m not joking. This newsletter gig didn’t last long. Two weeks after it started it ended when another classmate told on us for mentioning her in our “what happened on the playground” section. In a nutshell, that is where my passion for writing started.
Once I got into college and began studying communications, I dabbled in a couple other areas of journalism (broadcast) – just for fun. I was curious to see if maybe I could be the next reporter or on air personality. I quickly realized I was very, very wrong. For someone who gets nervous easily and has terrible anxieties, being on camera or on the radio just made me sick -- literally. So, I resorted back to my original plan of writing.
My big break came on an optimistic day of my senior year of college. I was taking an online marketing/PR class at Arizona State University being taught by none other than HMA’s very own Abbie Fink. I was doing well in the class (very well). Unsure and quite frankly afraid of what my future would hold after I graduated, I reached out to Abbie asking her if I could shadow her for a day. She agreed. A few weeks later, there I was at the HMA World Headquarters.
After getting a glimpse of the public relations industry, I was determined that this was where I wanted to be. PR was the answer to my calling. I liked to write, I liked variety and I definitely wasn’t a girl who wanted a job where I sit at a desk every day and do the same thing. Not fun.
A semester later I found myself interning for Abbie and the HMA team. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous on my first day here at HMA Public Relations. Why wouldn’t I be? I was only surrounded by some of the best in the industry. Unsure of what to expect, I settled into my desk ready for any task that was given to me. I must have done something right; fast forward two semesters and here I am now an official account coordinator. The road to this position wasn’t always easy. I struggled initially but would like to think it was my hard work and persistence that paid off (oh, and my charm of course).
If you were to ask me even a year ago, I wouldn’t have imagined I would be doing what I am doing today. While many college graduates who are not-so-lucky are still looking for work, I am doing exactly what I have always loved to do -- writing -- but in a less amateur fashion. Instead of writing newsletters with crayons, I will be blogging. But don’t worry, that elementary girl isn’t completely gone. You can still find me putting in my two cents about who likes who (what famous person is divorcing what famous person) and what’s new on the playground (what's new with the Phoenix Suns). Just see for yourself!