It’s Been a Year…but I’m working at Penguin Random House?!

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Long time, no see! Yep, hello, it’s Emily! How are ya?

It’s crazy to pull up my blog and see that my last post was April 23rd, 2018. It’s crazy to look back and think about how much my life has changed, and how much I’ve accomplished since then.

Every now and then I get a recurring sense of guilt for leaving this blog in a state of uncertainty and mysterious disappearance. I’ve been missing blogging and reading more now than ever, which is why I decided to come back and write this post.

Let’s take it all the way back to Spring of 2018.

As you may know, I am a graphic design student at RISD, with an incredibly taxing workload. In Spring of 2018, I was still a Sophomore, but I was also a Sophomore on the incredibly stressful internship hunt. Every ounce of my being went into my design work, perfecting it and trying to develop a style and direction for my making. Of course, this meant books and blogging (what I considered to be my hobbies) had to take a backseat. While this “hobby” designation I would later realize was not the right designation, my hard work paid off, and I got an internship position in NYC for the summer.

Moving to NYC and living there for a little over two months was incredible and gave me so many opportunities. It was my first time visiting the city, too, so I was a bit overwhelmed with excitement to explore. While it was summer, and I did have the time to read, I was so enthralled by the newness of the place, that I didn’t really sit down and read a ton.

Just to list some crazy NYC experiences: (1) saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and met the cast, (2) saw The Sun is Also a Star being filmed on my work block and met Yara Shahidi (but was too scared to say hi to Charles Melton), (3) saw Taylor Swift, and (4) went to literally all the big NYC and Brooklyn bookstores, obviously.

So you can kind of get an idea for how my summer went. It was a wild whirlwind, and before I knew it, I was back at RISD starting Junior year!

This (academic) year has been the best of my life. I’ve seen myself grow immensely as a graphic designer, I’ve become a much more confident person, and I’m realizing new interests that I never knew I had. I have definitely found my groove in terms of work and life, and I’m seeing how the years of hard work are starting to really truly pay off.

Just a couple of weeks ago I got the most amazing, life-changing, exciting, dream come true phone call: I will be interning in a design department at Penguin Random House this summer (once again in NYC)!!

I’ve worked toward this for years. My choice to study graphic design was born from my love of books and book covers. This blog was started as a way to connect with others that loved books as much as I did, and as a means to learn as much about books and publishing as possible. And it’s all brought me to this here and now.

Of course, I wish that I had been able to consistently keep up this blog after I started college. Yet, I now recognize I needed to stop beating myself up for taking breaks (however long they may have been) because I was focusing on honing another skill. In retrospect, calling blogging just a “hobby” was inaccurate because it has definitely prepared me for professionalism and the world of publishing. But I see now how I needed to give myself space and time from it to grow as a designer.

That brings us to the present, April 21st, 2019.

I can now see all of the pieces of the work I’ve done since February of 2014 and starting college in 2016, falling into place. Getting this dream come true internship position at Penguin Random House has given me a renewed, invigorated passion for books and reading.

My hope for the summer is to be able to get back into reading, maybe even blogging again. NYC won’t be quite as new to me anymore. I won’t be as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as before. I’ll be more likely to want to stick my head in a book again.

There’s so much for me to look forward to this summer and I really cannot wait to dive right in!

Love and kittens,

Emily


P.S. — I actually have read some things since I last posted! Way back from last summer, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (such a cute, poignant read). Earlier this year, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman, and The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule (each addictive reads in their own right, I took a True Crime class hence the genre overload). Any new/new-old/upcoming books that should be on my radar?

P.P.S — Also, I’ve been watching some good TV and movies. I ACTUALLY CAN’T BELIEVE I’VE BEEN GONE SO LONG THAT I HAVEN’T TALKED TO ANYONE ABOUT THE TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE MOVIE?!?!? I should make a post about that, and just bookish movies and tv shows in general, because I have a plethora of recommendations!!

P.P.P.S. — And last but SURELY not least…dun dun DUN!!!! After I don’t know how many years I’ve been waiting to go but, I’ll be going to BookCon!!!!!! Only on Saturday, June 1st, but I will be there! I’m so out of the loop with regard to upcoming releases so I’m just planning on trying to enjoy the experience and environment and check out some super cool panels. If you see me, please stop and say hi!

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