Coming into this summer I had no exposure to the magazine industry, hadn’t been to New York since I was 7 years old, and wasn’t sure journalism was my calling. Now, I love going to my internship every day and feel decently confident that I can accomplish any task an editor asks of me.
Generally speaking, hindsight is 20/20. But when time goes as fast as it does in the city that never sleeps, the ability to see my former naivety is blinded by current self-confidence. At this point it’s hard to imagine a time (three months ago) when I didn’t even know what “masthead” meant. Thankfully, I have my Google search history to keep me humble, not to mention piece together the whole transformation.
I tried to narrow this down to the searches I found most indicative, and here they are, organized by date. Ladies and gentlemen, my journey from deer-in-the-headlights to…well, whatever I am now.
5/30/2013—The first day of orientation.
- “Parents magazine masthead 2013”
- “What is a masthead”
- “SEO means”
- “Learning to write code”
- “Jimmy Johns Manhattan”
- “JIMMY JOHNS MANHATTAN”
6/3/2013—My first day at Parents.
- “What does evergreen stories mean”
- “How to use InCopy”
6/2/2013—Apparently the day I decided to write all of my thank you notes.
- “Writing a professional thank you note”
- “Essence address”
- “Sports Illustrated address”
- “Marie Claire address”
- “SELF address”
- (etc., etc., etc. with the addresses)
- “Who is Graydon Carter"
6/7/2013—The end of the first week.
- “Requirements of being a Disney princess” (Maybe the whirlwind of that first week made me rethink my career path?)
- “Mickey Mantle rookie stats”
- “Journalism jobs”
- “New York New York Frank Sinatra”
6/8/2013—When I started to venture into the city.
|Kelli & Me at Governor's Island|
- “Governors Island”
- “Places to dance in Manhattan”
- “Animated short films NYC 2013”
- “Volunteering in NYC”
|Kelli, Lucy, Jimmy, and Me|
- "The rent is too damn high senator"
A few consecutive weeks yielded no interesting searches, which confused me at first. Then I realized that I must have been too busy to sit down at my computer-- if only I knew how to find my iPhone’s Google search history.
|View from Roosevelt Island|
- “Roosevelt Island tramway"
- “What to wear to a Gatsby party
- “Wicked! on Broadway"
- “Kayaking in New York"
- “Best hair salon lower east side” (I've been here long enough to need a hair cut?!)
“How to find Google search history”
And that, folks, is what I like to call a metadatamorphosis.
By Sara Gentzler, Creighton University, Parents