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Natasha Ramirez

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A couple weeks before moving to New York, I was walking on the rolling hills and cobblestone streets of Northern Spain, surrounded by beautiful architecture and breathtaking landscapes. But I could not for the life of me stop thinking about this internship. I went almost immediately from a documentary shoot in Spain to New York and Inc. Magazine, and when I think about it I honestly can’t believe that this is my life. I’m always hearing about stories of people having crazy adventures around the world and I’ve always hoped to write about them. But here I am actually living it and having adventures of my own. 

 

I actually stumbled upon the ASME program by accident. Back at Brigham Young University I’m a digital media major with an emphasis in broadcast journalism, so I’ve basically spent my entire collegiate life hauling around heavy camera equipment and nose deep in Premiere Pro. So when I saw an ASME poster on campus, I never thought I would get in since I’d never worked in magazines or print before. When I did, I immediately started prepping, aka watching The Devil Wears Prada, 13 Going on 30, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days--all the classic New York rom coms. 

 

Thankfully I never ran into any Miranda Priestley types while here. Everyone at ASME and at Inc. are incredibly kind and willing to help with anything, people I reached out to were almost always willing to grab coffee, and my ASME mentor helped me feel comfortable in the city. 

 

My background in broadcasting and sports journalism is as far from entrepreneurism as you can get. But I’ve always admired people who have a vision of what they want to do with their lives and make that a reality. Entrepreneurs all have amazing backgrounds and stories to tell, and I love how business journalism not only shares those stories and inspires you, but gives you advice and tips on how to create that life for yourself. 

 

Looking back at my time here in New York only makes me look forward to after graduation for when I (hopefully) come back. I’ve never experienced a place quite like this and I feel like there will be something missing when I get back to Utah. The people, the hustle, the energy--you honestly can’t top it. Turns out this was the best thing that I could have ever stumbled upon.

 

My time outside the office was spent exploring the city, reading in Washington Square Park, and eating way more pizza than I probably should have. Still haven’t quite figured out the subway, but other than that I call this summer a success.