It’s no secret that many of us within these hallowed non-door halls will be vying for the same positions after school. Most of us want to be in the shiny agencies of Chicago, so it’s no wonder you see the side-glances and hear the whisperings of gossip in this small school.
For those who look at their CPS peers as pure competition, you’re doing it wrong. Yes, we’re all after the same thing and that leads to a lot of scary self-doubt and wanting to put down others and their successes. Resist that. The only competition you have here is yourself. Come up with better campaigns than you did last week. Push past that mediocre headline to the greatness that’s sitting on the tip of your tongue. Saying someone else is crappy doesn’t make your book any better. We’re all guilty of this temptation to slide down the rabbit hole of negativity, but as a wise old fifth quarter I can say we’ve all done it and it’s never a good look. Use each other to vent frustrations but at the end of the day you’re in the trenches together and that’s something to bond over.
When the time comes to canvass LinkedIn and start getting those interviews, stay positive. No one stole a job from you; it wasn’t yours to get. It’s just fine to feel bummed about opportunities that didn’t come to fruition, but god bless the broken road, right? While it’s hard to see the forest through the trees of talent and creativity all around you, try to adopt the Zen belief that your time will come. If you put in the work, and congratulate your friends, this will all work out.
Written by: Rose Schuchat