At the end of 12th grade, my English teacher, Mr. Escobar, had us write a letter to ourselves that he would have us read in the next 5 years. Recently, I received that letter and was reminded of who I was and how much I had changed. I’d like to do something similar, but in the form of a blog post.
This is your 24 year old counterpart speaking. I hope all is well. I’m writing to let you know what’s up in case you get lost along the way and need something to point you in the right direction.
At this point in time, you haven’t quite graduated, but you can’t stop thinking about the future. You have three classes left after spending 5 years in school, but it was worth it because you’re going to leave with 3 bachelor’s degrees and 2 certificates; additionally you’ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge working at The Beacon, FIU’s newspaper.
It’s imperative that you find an internship that will move you toward your dream editorial job at a book publisher. While any editorial job would be great, your dream is to work with a publisher that deals with your areas of interest: gender studies, South Asia, the Middle East, sociology and/or religion. Additionally, you want to write three to five books. Already you have ideas of a story based around a certain mosque.
You know you’ll have made it when you find yourself working in a quiet comfortable study filled with light and books. God willing, we can make it happen.
Best of luck,