If there’s one thing I’m going to take away from my summer at HGTV Magazine, it’s the fact that I know more about the Property Brothers than their own mother! Luckily, however, my time at HGTV has provided me with far more than trivial knowledge.
I’ll be honest, when I first got assigned to HGTV, I was a bit worried that working at a magazine with an age demographic far older than my own could be a bit boring. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a die-hard Chip and Joanna fan and have been watching House Hunters since childhood, but the magazine itself was never really on my radar.
My initial doubts were squashed within my first week as it became apparent that the magazine was backed by some of the most fantastic people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.
I was able to experience what it’s like to work in an environment where I don’t just enjoy what I’m working on, (who knew my two years of accumulating home décor inspiration on Pinterest would actually serve me in the real world?!), but also where I’m surrounded by people who genuinely care about helping me grow as an individual in this industry. And the free pillows, pots, and posters aren’t too shabby either!
I’ve known that I wanted to be in magazines since my junior year of high school, but it wasn’t until this summer where I realized how special this industry really is. People will tell you over and over that the mag industry is dying, but let me tell you, the people who are still in it today have no intention of letting that happen. They are the most hard working, enthusiastic, and creative individuals you’ll ever find. After spending just 30 minutes in the office of a print publication, you’ll realize that they’re not going anywhere!
My time as an ASME intern has been so special and enlightening, and I feel completely rejuvenated and hopeful as I enter my last semester of college!