My name is Kate Feldman and I'm a senior journalism student at the University of Florida. And no, I'm not dreading graduation; in fact, I've been waiting for this day since I knew what graduation was. I always joke that I've had senioritis since junior year of high school, but it's not actually a joke.
Beyond a student, I'm a news junkie, TV addict and baseball nut. If journalism doesn't work out, I'm still considering becoming a baseball wife and traveling the country watching the Mets (because yes, he would have to be a Met). Not a great use of a college degree, but no one could say it wouldn't be fun.
That being said, I haven't hated college. I like my friends and I like my classes and I like my professors (Go Gators!). But mostly, I've liked my internships. I've worked at a variety of publications, including The Independent Florida Alligator, The Gainesville Sun, Creative Loafing Tampa, Tampa Bay Newspapers and The Tampa Bay Times. Each internship has allowed me to write different types of articles for different audiences, an incredible opportunity for a new journalist.
But I'm ready to move on now, to the next part of my life: my career. So here I am, on (hopefully) the longest job hunt of my life. It began in November, with a spreadsheet of every state I would consider living in (22 plus Washington, D.C.) and every newspaper in those states (nearly 250). I sent my portfolio to every paper where I could find an email address, and I still check the job listings every day. It's tiring and exhausting and every other synonym you could come up with, but for me, it's worth it. I'm not moving home when I graduate, no matter what it takes.