'The Bold Type' Inspires Me--Sincerely, A Journalism Major

'The Bold Type' Inspires Me--Sincerely, A Journalism Major

I want the cute clothes, the office desk job, the friends, the coffee, the early mornings and late nights, the meetings and all of the writing that comes with it.

As a Journalism Major, I dream big. I dream about working for a top magazine company one day or even being a part of a big radio station. There are so many possibilities when it comes to being a Journalism Major. I want the cute clothes, the office desk job, the friends, the coffee, the early mornings and late nights, the meetings and all of the writing that comes with it. I want it all, and there is no one stopping me.

I can think of many things that inspire me, but this TV show really stands out and holds the dreams that I desire. "The Bold Type" is the newest addition to Free Form, and it is one of the most honest and best shows from Free Form. "The Bold Type" is about three girls, Sutton, Jane and Kat.

These three girls are straight out of college following their dreams by working for "Scarlet Magazine" where they cover current issues, sex and relationships. These three girls are the best of friends, they stick together through thick and thin and help each other achieve their dreams. Even though each one of them works there and there is competition with in the company they all are after different areas and stand for greater meanings.

Sutton, the girl who was an assistant. She was always going on green drink runs for her boss, and even though she loved the opportunity of this job there was something more she wanted. While Sutton was going to take a job in the marketing part of Scarlet, she knew she was only doing it for the money. She knows the weight of loans she carries with her on a daily basis, so the marketing job was a huge pay raise. Deep down she was not happy with this decision and knew she should follow her dreams. When the Fashion Department of Scarlet needed an assistant Sutton jumped to it. She might not have much experience, but it is her dream. The pay was less than her original assistant position but it was not going to stop her from being happy and living her dream. We, as Journalism Majors, take risks. There might be times where we are not paid great, but we take the risk because we knew this was part of it. In the end, it's not about money but about how you want to live your life and what will make you happy.

Jane, the writer of the girls. She is living her dream by sharing her work with the world. Although, sharing comes with difficulty. Jane has trouble getting deep and personal in her writing, and her boss helps push that out of her. Being a part of Scarlet is personal, and many of the articles Jane has had to write have been personal. She writes for a magazine that expresses a lot of relationship issues and well, Jane has not been in love before. So, she struggles with that aspect, but she uses it to her advantage by writing about how it is OK to be the way she is. Not everyone is the same, and it is OK to be different. Jane was sued because of an article she wrote, and in the real world, that is how it works. There are ups, and there are definitely downs to the world of journalists. They get sued on some levels, and it is difficult to keep up with the writing.

Kat, the social media director of Scarlet. Kat is not afraid to voice her opinion, and sometimes, it gets her in trouble with the board of directors because something is not allowed to be posted on social media. Kat in confident in her opinions and beliefs, but she does struggle with her sexuality that soon gets in the way of her job. She learns to fire someone and how to correctly address problems. She supports and cares about current issues and is not shy to show it. Kat is all of us, always trying to do the right thing. We so badly want to side with a group and share our opinions, but when you are in control of the company's social media that you work for it becomes difficult. You always have to watch what you say.

"The Bold Type" is everything I want in my dream job. So I really want to thank Free Form and everyone who put this show together. It inspires me and gives me hope. I cannot wait to accomplish my dreams after college. I want all the highs and lows. So thank you "The Bold Type" for keeping it true.

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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17 Lessons For 21 Years, Brought To You By Tequila And Other Alcohol I Should Never Drink Again

Like vodka, and Bud Light, and, and, and...


As 21 approaches, I'm both scared for what's to come and incredibly excited for new experiences. Twenty-one is a big deal, but with that comes college graduation, full-blown adulthood, and the big, wide world. Before that can happen, though, we must reflect on high points, mistakes, and just plain "What the f*ck was I thinking?!" moments.

Here are 21 lessons for 21 years, brought to you almost always by too much alcohol.

1. Seriously, if it's after 2 a.m. just go to sleep 


Don't text your ex. Don't assume that one more drink is okay. Just don't.

2. You can't stay up super late and still make it to that 8 a.m.


I promise you, if you're up late, you might as well just scrap the idea of making it and start fresh next time. Take it from the girl who has had to give herself one too many morning pep talks.

3. He's not worth it


He's not worth your tears or your wasted time waiting for him to become the good person you just know he can be.

4. No matter how cute he is


Nope, still not worth it.

5. Know when it's time to walk away


You deserve better.

6. Block his number, don't just delete it


Honey, the temptation will still be there.

7. If you don't block his number, you will want to text him at some point. Don't do it.


No "I miss you," no "come over"... Nothing.

8. Your friends are there for a reason,  so don't second guess their intentions 


If they didn't want to support you, they wouldn't.

9. Some friends aren't forever, and that's OK


College teaches you that more than anything else ever will.

10. You're allowed to let loose every once in awhile 


Yes, seriously.

11. But don't make a habit of it 


You'll regret it later.

12. It's OK to be the "Mom" or the "Grandma" in the friend group 


You can bug your friends to make sure they got home safe, be the DD, cook them dinner, whatever you do. They'll appreciate it, and no, you aren't weird for it.

13. Coffee is always the answer


Sad? Coffee. Happy? Coffee. Stressed? Relaxed? Coffee.

14. But sometimes (most of the time) wine is the answer too 


See moods above, and then add every other emotion. Wine can fix that.

15. Your mom should be your BFF


Because when wine doesn't cut it, Mom's pep talks always do.

16. Mr. Right might not be found at a college frat party


Probably not, actually.

17. You are still growing up, and don't need all of the answers


Not yet, anyway.

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