This post originally began as a reply to Megan’s comment…but it’s something I’ve been really thinking about these past few months. Enjoy:
Yup, I’m right there with you. I think this was a really great learning experience for us all.
Something I’ve noticed about our group is that we’re work-a-holics…which is good, but in moderation. It’s really easy to get caught up in working, producing, meeting, networking, etc., but at the end of the day, is it worth it?
I have the same feeling as you – these past few terms, I’ve been reflecting on my college experience, and I certainly know I have worked alot more than I’ve had fun and I really do regret it. There have been some great experiences as a result of the hard work, but when all is said and done, I’m not sure it’s worth it. Especially in our industry, it’s just as important to experience life, maintain relationships and not stress out about trivial things.
At the end of the day, it is just advertising – and with that said – we have an amazing opportunity to influence, but it’s not worth 80 hour weeks (consistently), missing time with family/friends or experiencing the world around us.
New York was a great experience to see what was out there…and to realize the great opportunities we have as students from a journalism/communication program that quite possibly do not directly involve the advertising industry…