Monday, March 10, 2008

Envy isn't attractive

I am usually never jealous of other people. While there are plenty of students who get better grades than me and lots of girls who are more attractive than me, I am not truly jealous of anyone because I am extremely proud of who I am and very happy and grateful with what I have in my life.

However, I did feel a twinge of envy today, after speaking to my amazing friend (also a high school junior) who is interning with Condé Nast marketing for two weeks during her spring break. Not only does she get to work with the top executives in marketing at the corporation, she's also been invited to eat lunch with the Teen Vogue editors and intern for Teen Vogue for a few days. Needless to say, I'm very happy for my friend because she is very hardworking and luckily her adviser used to teach one of the marketing executives at Condé Nast -- when do high school girls ever get a chance like this?

Still, for a moment there, I felt inadequate. Interning with the Seventeen fashion department all summer is already a very big deal for a high school girl, and yet I wonder if I'll ever get to eat lunch with any editors this summer. I love working, but at the same time, I love meeting people and learning about them. My friend gets to prove herself not only to the marketing department, but also to the editorial and fashion departments. Will I be able to prove that I am all-around very capable too?

I have extraordinary friends, as you can tell -- I'm so proud of them! I'm crossing my fingers though, that I will also get the chance to prove myself this summer. I've finally realized how easy it is to forget what you already have when you see something else that you want -- but at the same time, knowing what you want and knowing what you have is very important to success.

Miss Couturable
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