Well, as always, it seems like time has flown by. My senior year of college has been ramping up, and I’ve been busy with classes, on-campus jobs, internships, job-hunting, and thesis writing. Shall we have a bit of an update?
I’ve been enjoying my work a lot this year, both in trying new things and continuing work I started this past summer and earlier. I’ve joined the fabulous team at Scripps College’s Career Planning & Resources office, continued my work promoting my everyday bag, the Alesya Bag, and contributing weekly blog posts to the fashion website The Working Wardrobe. Each experience is great in its own way, and I’m enjoying the diversity of each role. They all present their own unique challenges, and it’s been challenging (and great fun) to meet each one as it comes.
I’ve also been tackling the dreaded senior thesis, which looms over each student’s head as the near-impossible project they’ll work on for the majority of their senior year. For my project, I’m exploring online fan fiction communities and how they attract and support amateur writers in forming their identity as writers, improving their skills, and working collaboratively with other writers. I participated in several fan fiction communities as a young writer (and still do, from time to time), so it’s wonderful to view a familiar online community through an academic lens. I have two chapter drafts written, and I’m looking forward to continuing my research and writing more as the April deadline approaches (much too fast, actually).
And finally, the last thing taking up a fair amount of my time has been — yes, you guessed it– my job search. I’ve begun the interview process with a few companies, and I’m exploring my options with other companies. I’m primarily looking for customer-facing roles in tech companies, from community management, to customer strategy, marketing, and other similar roles. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done in the past, and I’m eager to continue down those career paths or try something new if the situation is right. Please contact me at anne [at] dreshfield [dot] com if you’re interested in discussing career opportunities with me.
Time has been flying by, and I’ve hardly even noticed as it’s gone right by me. It feels like just a few months ago when I stepped onto Scripps’ campus, dazed and over-heated, on move-in day my first year of college. I can’t believe I’m almost graduated, but it’s an excited disbelief.