We’ve got a new design intern at Push Digital and she’s wise beyond her 22 years. Check out Lucy’s life advice, we’d swear by it:
After work yesterday, my roommate Hannah and I took a much-needed walk around downtown Charleston. She had just gotten back from a beer-filled week on the lake, saying goodbye to her beloved Clemson grads. And I had just left Athens, GA after a month of making my last undergrad memories with some of my best friends.
This also contained a decent amount of beer, as well as late-night pizza. Hannah is a dedicated photographer. She spent a week alone in Iceland, driving around a vehicle she rented from “Sadcars” and taking gorgeous photographs. When she’s in Charleston, she wakes up at 5:30 in the morning to catch the sunrise on Folly Beach. On our walk yesterday, Hannah recalled telling her aunt about her dream of photographing for National Geographic, to which she replied, “Hmmm, you should probably do something different with your life.”
I beg to differ. I chose to major in visual art, more specifically Expanded Forms, or Art X. My sophomore year, I declared this major because I did not want to declare anything else. While my main interest was in graphic design, I had other artistic interests as well. I wanted to paint, draw, learn how to make videos, and more; Art X allowed me to do this. The last two years of college were filled with artistic freedom. Not until this spring did I start to think about how this major would propel me into my future career. It was daunting. I had a voice like Hannah’s aunt in my head, “Hmmm, you should probably do something different with your life.” The angel on my shoulder would pipe back, “But it’s what you love!” (Sound the choir)
Today I got to do what I love as an intern for Push Digital. I got to eat pizza and drink beer… and also design graphics. As my day comes to a close, I see that I am surrounded by coworkers that are also fulfilled by their jobs, whether they are designing, strategizing, crunching data, or creating content. When I leave here, I get to hang out with Hannah on Folly Beach as she takes pictures for her upcoming gallery show. I feel so lucky to spend my days around those who push against the grain and say no to their resistance.
So don’t listen to those who ask you to stray from what you love. Drink beer. Eat pizza. Do you.