Hard Work Pays Off

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What do you tell yourself when you get to the point where you’re burnt out and want to give up on life?? I personally remind myself that I have the same hours in a day as Beyonce’. I know ya’ll think I’m foolish over Bey lol and maybe I am! But you have no choice but to respect her grind. A few weeks ago, Kyle Santillian from  102 Jamz, my local radio station in Greensboro, hit me up on twitter regarding an internship opportunity. I had sent him a DM months ago asking if they had anything available, and when I had finally given up hope that’s when he reached out to me!

So after I learned of the opening with the Wild Out morning show, my next question was what I was going to do about my job. I was told to report to the radio station in Greensboro today at 5 am and I work Monday-Friday from 8 am-1 pm. I worked up the nerve to talk to my boss as soon as I learned about the internship with hopes that he would let me work in the afternoons. If you know me then you should know that this freaked me out! I hate asking for things, particularly favors, and I hate springing things on people at the spur of the moment. I talked to everyone in my circle asking for advice, and they all told me I could only ask and see what he said. So I did.

Obviously he said yes because I started the internship today and I still have my job! Not only that but by me switching to the afternoon shift, my job title also changed and comes with almost a $3 pay increase! Before I was the administrative specialist and now I’ll be working as the after school supervisor. After this was squared away, I began to stress about time management, sleep, and free time for myself and my son. I’ll be taking 5 classes this spring semester in order to graduate in May which is a handful in itself. I have class on Monday and Tuesday nights from 7:10-9:50, on Thursdays from 1-3:40, and on Saturdays from 11:15-2:15 pm. Luckily my Thursday and Saturday classes are via video stream so I don’t have to go to campus, but I still have to consider the amount of work I’ll have just from school alone. If this wasn’t enough for one person to handle, the fact that I live in Martinsville Va, work in Danville  VA (30 mins away), and intern in Greensboro NC (1 hour away) puts the icing on the cake! I’m going to be burning through so much gas, adding so many miles to my car, with so many nights of little to no sleep… but it’s worth it to me.

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to work in the entertainment industry, preferably as a journalist. In order for me to get where I want to be in life, I have to step out of my comfort zone and do new things.  As I sit here and think about the fact that I have been up since 3:30 am, I drove an hour to get to work, and I’ll be driving an hour to get back to my aunt’s tonight (who graciously is going to let me stay with her in Greensboro on the nights before my internship), I’m somewhat tired but I feel SO BLESSED! I can’t stress about when I’ll sleep, the miles on my car, or a social life right now. I’m set to graduate in May which let’s me know that my suffering won’t be long! My plan is to be able to look back and have a story to tell. The greatest people in the world struggled the most because they pushed the envelope way past their level of comfort. I’m not trying to get left behind, I want all that I can get in life! Therefore, I shall be grinding it out to get what I want and I hope you will be too!

-Shants

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