NYC takeway: it is JUST. ADVERTISING.

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…

One thought on “NYC takeway: it is JUST. ADVERTISING.

  1. I completely agree. I was complaining to my roommates about how terrible I was about keeping up with my classwork while in New York, and they reminded me that the trip really wouldn’t have been worth it if I’d just been working the whole time. And I think that applies to a lot of things. I mean, I want a good job so that I can afford to do the things that I love with the people that I love… so if work means tons of money and no time for a personal life, what am I really gaining? I love advertising, but more than that, I love the people who love advertising. So I guess it works out. Or I hope it will… Anyway, I had sort of the same take away.

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