Anonymous said: I really hope to work for NPR someday. I applied to be an intern as a freshman (just this past spring) and was turned down. I'm deathly afraid of reapplying; what should I do?
Well, there are two things you can do:
1. Never reapply. Wonder what if? Become the world’s first underwater meteorologist. Wonder what if? Have children, acquire a partner, work for a good 30 or 40 years, retire, sell your home, move into a camper, explore Western Canada, regret never having reapplied in your youth.
2. Or you can reapply. You’re a freshman? That’s nothing. You’ve got years ahead of you. Start writing — for your school paper, for a blog, in a journal. Tweet. Acquire multimedia skills (they come in handy no matter what it is you want to do.) Acquire your voice. Figure out what you like and don’t like. Write some more. Apply again. If you don’t get it? So what? You’ll do something else. And maybe get back to public radio at some point.