For reference, I am a 21-year-old rising college senior living at home, who is scared of and confused by Pokémon Go, and would rather watch British detective shows with her mom than go out in Meatpacking on a Friday night. Perhaps my proudest moment was when I finally mastered properly cooking pasta and figured out how to melt a nice butter sauce in the process. In other words, I am not Malala.
So what could I write about? Hobbies? Truthfully I never stick to one for too long. Interests? I’m not totally sure people would like to hear about my family’s odd affinity for intense German opera. Passions? Truthfully, I haven’t found mine yet. However, through this process I realized that it is ok that I don’t fully know who I am, what I want to do, or where I see myself in the next 5, 10, or 15 years.
My mother frequently told me growing up that there will always be someone smarter, prettier, richer, better connected, etc. than you, so the only thing you can do is to be your best, most authentic, most hard-working self. Comparing your work and your being to others would do nothing for your self-esteem and self-efficacy. The only thing you could do, that you had complete control over, was how you chose to live your life and embrace your unique qualities. And while through my adolescence, I have learned some of these lessons the hard way, this is one rule I find to be fundamentally true. And, this summer has only strongly reiterated my mother’s lesson.
MWW is a company that celebrates and champions people’s differences. It is a company that allows its employees to truly be themselves, which leads to some incredible work. I have been fortunate enough to spend my summer with the social media team, a group of impassioned, vocal, and talented individuals that truly care about what they produce, the outcomes it has, and creating a positive yet informative team culture. While the majority of my time may have been spent (shoving bagels in my face every Thursday morning) on the 9th floor, I can see that passion is something that pervades the whole of MWW.
So while this blog post may not be about my dalliances with mastering the piano, stamp collecting, jewelry design, and knitting, or my absurd interest in everything Kardashian-Jenner, I am proud to say that this summer I spent making my time, and my experiences, matter more.