If there’s one thing me and this dog have in common is that we’re both staring off into the distance reflecting about life. Okay, maybe the dog isn’t thinking about its purpose in life and all the 538302985 things that he needs to do, but I am. It’s a little confusing to be honest. I’m currently in the process of creating new portfolio pieces, creating a new portfolio website, and writing my statement of purpose. That essay though…that’s a thinker. One of my biggest struggles is to be concise and specific. It’s even harder to be specific when you’re trying to figure out what specifically you’d like to specialize in. Deep down we know a majority of what we’re passionate about, but rarely do we try to condense it into a 30 second elevator pitch.
One piece of advice I can give you if you struggle with condensing content like myself, is to sit down in a quiet setting with a nice warm cup of coffee, a dog (if accessible), and a pen and paper (or a laptop / computer if you prefer). After you’re situated, take a deep breath, and try to write down in one sentence what you’re mission statement is – what do you want to do with your life? What skills do you want to specialize in? Now ask yourself, why? Why do you want to do it? How are you going to do it? The trick I’ve been advised by many friends and the internet is to dig as deep as you can into the specifics. I know it isn’t easy, but if you don’t get it right away don’t worry! Everyone goes at their own pace. As a matter of fact, I’m still working on mine.
Elevator pitches (i.e. 30 second spiels that explain who you are and what your purpose is) are a useful tool to know whether you’re applying to grad school like myself, applying to jobs, talking to other professionals, or if you’re just working on your confidence & sense of identity. There are a lot of people who try to tell you who you are, but if you can tell them who you are in less than 30 seconds then it’s a like a polite way of saying ,”No, fudge* off this is who I am!”. Wish I could have said that when I was growing up (still am), but I’m glad I’m learning that now (and you can too!). (*I try and use food to replace curse words, it’s just more professional and cute!)
With less than 20 days left before my first application is due, I’m just really hustling on getting my work done. It’s exciting, nerve-wrecking, and a great challenge.
Don’t worry, I’ll keep sharing my journey with you and we can get through this together!