I'm really excited to start with CBS. I'm really truly excited. Actually, I cannot wait to get started. I want to stand in the halls where Walter Cronkite walked, I want to sit in the studio where Norah O'Donnell works. I want to be right there. I've always been that way. The wanting to be right there type.
Because this past semester was so insane with remaining a full-time student at the University of Miami, working 3 full days at NBC, and being a Resident Assistant in a freshman dorm on campus, I didn't really let myself get excited about CBS News until I got home from school. I almost couldn't think about it. On my to-do list that brought me from Point A to the end of school, it was too far down to think about. Clearly, it was one of the most important things on the list but I had to clear a lot of little stuff before I let my eyes read that far down on the paper.
That said, when I got home from this exhausting but exhilarating year at school, I made it my mission to unapologetically lay in my bed for as much time as possible, and when I was done doing that, I decided to change things up on the couch. I left once for a massage and a manicure and pedicure. It was everything to me and more.
But now as I type this, I'm in a different bed in a summer sublet in New York City because I have to report to the CBS News Broadcast Center tomorrow for Orientation.
I'm really looking forward to working at CBS and only working. I reached a special type of burn out while I was at NBC because I was filling so many roles while I was at school. For a moment, I couldn't understand how people worked full time. It was at that point my parents reminded me that most people who work don't do it while taking a full course load and managing 38 freshmen residents. I'm excited to get a taste of the real world of working, one I crave so often and so voraciously while I'm still in school. Back to reflecting, you might recall I really fell in love with working when I watched my boss leave NBC and I learned how the marriage of a career and a life is a treasured thing. I want that to start for me. I think it did at NBC.
But I have a feeling I can only compare to the way I felt when I sat on the school bus that took us to summer camp and looked out the window to my right to see my mom still staying home. Am I going to like camp? I guess letting go of her hand and getting on the bus was the hardest part so it should all be ok from here, right? What if something goes wrong and they lose my lunchbox?
But I know I'm going to like CBS. And I bring my own lunch so that's that. As I wrote on my last day at NBC, I look at this Summer with CBS differently than ever before. You go through your educational life always knowing an internship is something you need to have. You need it, you need it, you need it. But being at NBC put a face to the necessity. I got to put it on my resume, sure, but it taught me pretty much what I know now about working professionally, how enriching work is and how personal it becomes when you are doing something you truly love.
Being able to put it on my resume was really the smallest gift I got from my time there.
So going into CBS, I see the people as ones I'll hopefully grow really fond of and attached to. I see the projects as something I'll take a lot of pride in. And I know the ever-so-coveted internship is something much deeper than a job title and dates you can put down on paper.
I'm also excited to see how things work at CBS. Each network, ABC, NBC and CBS, does it it's own way. They may be doing substantially the same thing, but they each do it differently, with different mission statements and different programming.
As always, you can read about everything I learn and do at CBS here on my blog.
And you'll always hear it here first.