Too bad I couldn’t travel back in time to visit my twenty-one year old self. I’d tell her everything would all be okay. And I wouldn’t mean that phrase in a way that really says, “Your life is a complete mess right now, but I don’t know what else to say.” I’d mean it because it’s true. Everything is okay.
I got to prove this to myself when I visited my friend Dave Schermer’s Journalism 285 class at Cal Poly. I talked about my job with his class and it blew my mind. The job I have today as Chief Mom Connector of Mom Central is perfect for me and I love it. If my younger-self had known this was waiting for me twenty years after I finished college, I would have been ecstatic.
When I sat in those chairs as a student, Social Media didn’t exist; neither did blogs, twitter, facebook, laptop computers, smart phones, or anything involving what I get paid to use every day. Talking with the class made me realize how much the world, and my own life, has changed since I attended Cal Poly.
As a quarter-long project, each student created a blog and writes posts based on certain assignments. Before I went in to the class I read each blog to get to know who I’d be talking with -and I loved seeing what they had to say. One blog had gorgeous photography, one posted about SLOtheStigma.org -an orgization I feel a personal connection with, another blogged about the homeless in SLO, and a student’s blog about her passion for travel made me wish I had more stamps in my passport. The students put their personal touch on their blogs and I felt a connection to each one of them.
The class paid attention (thank you), sometimes a few zoned out (that’s okay -I remember what it was like), and many asked questions (right on!). I got off topic, back on topic, got totally pitted (what the heck was that about?), and managed to say something that got quoted back to me in a tweet later in the day. (That feels pretty great, I have to admit.)
After class I continued the conversation with three students and I loved this extra time with them. I realized there was so much more I hadn’t told them; I remembered things I forgot to share.
I had to muddle through my twenties without a visit from future-me, but this week I got to travel back to a part of my past and see what I might have looked like sitting there in a classroom at Cal Poly. I got to talk about my job and how cool it is to work in Social Media. I saw those desks from the front of the classroom and it was amazing to look back on my journey of how I ended up there. Or here. You know what I mean.
Thank you for the opportunity, Mr. Schermer and the students of Journalism 285. I loved talking with you and sharing about my career. Keep up the good work and learn as much from Mr. Schermer as you can. He is an excellent resource and teacher.
I’m not sure I made this point to all of you: It’s all going to be okay. I’m sure of it.