All Good Things Must Come To An End
Friday was my last day at Power 106 and to say that I’m sad is an understatement. This place has been EVERYTHING to me this summer. It has been a huge source of happiness for me but all good things must come to an end and that’s ok. Ahhh, I don’t even know where to start when it comes to breaking down my experience at Power.
Let’s start with the beginning, just getting this internship was a huge accomplishment in itself. I couldn’t believe that me, Thalia Dyche, would be a social media intern at Power 106. It was literally one of those “pinch me so I know this is real” moments. Power 106 is such a huge, monumental brand not only in Los Angeles but in SoCal as well. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t know about Power 106. I remember the feeling when I was told that I got the internship. It was very surreal but I also knew that the next step was to put in work. I went in there with the intentions of being a stand out intern. I wanted them to remember me when I left.
I remember being so excited going into the station the first day. I felt so official checking in with the guard and going over the internship guidelines with the head of HR. Idk I find joy in weird things ok. I was scared and intimidated because I would be working with some big names. I just wanted to make sure that I was doing a good job and killing it at all times. I kinda knew that I could chill out after my first day because we (basically the entire staff) spent hours watching this couple have an affair in a parking lot. We definitely used facebook live stream and had drones out there. It was so bad and petty but I was just like yeah everyone here is awesome and I know that I’m gonna have so much fun.
My day to day included scheduling tweets and blogging then snapchatting interviews when artists were in. Yeah, not a hard job at all. Considering the fact that those things are my passions, I was a very happy little intern. I learned a lot while working at Power but here are 5 things that I learned there beyond the technicalities.
1. Be Kind
You would think that I should have learned this rule in preschool but this principle made even more sense to me while working at Power 106. I was privileged enough to work alongside some important people. It was intimidating to be around well known radio personalities and celebrities at times but the one thing about power is everyone is so kind. Not once did someone use their power and platform as a reason to act better than the next person. Everyone I came across were always willing to help me and answer my questions. It taught me that no matter how far you go in life how far you climb up the ladder you must remain kind and humble.
2. Not Everything Is Black and White
I would have to say that I learned this through the sum of my summer as a whole. I really learned how to open my mind and not just see everything as black and white. I really had to teach myself that things aren’t always one way or another. There’s such thing as a gray area and you don’t have to be afraid of it.
3. You Have The Ability To Make Things Happen
This one is huge for me. I learned that I can make things happen for myself. I got an internship at Power 106 which was huge for me then I was able to perform and do well in it. While at Power, we ran a report on my reach and impressions that I was getting on my blogs and my numbers were awesome. It showed me that I can write for a hip hop audience and be good at it. I even got a few retweets from celebrities out of it. I guess I’m just trying to say that once you find the power that you have inside of yourself and use it the right way, the world is yours.
4. Closed Mouths Don’t Get Fed
Point blank is, I got to do a lot of the cool things that I got to do at Power because I asked for it. You can’t just hope for good things or for the things that you want, you have to ask for them and make them a reality. As someone who hates being burdensome I really had to go outside of myself to learn this concept but it’s true. If you want something ask for it or find a way to make it come to fruition
5. Let Everyone Know What Your Dreams Are
This one is kinda weird but it’ so beneficial. It may be weird or uncomfortable to let the whole world know what your dreams are but when you do that opportunities just find you. One time I was in the break room and talking to this guy about what I’m into so he was like “hey I know a lawyer who could use a social media consultant, are you interested?” It was random but when people know what you’re trying to achieve they’ll be there to support you but they’ll also be knocking at your door when they can use your skill.
I’m sad that my time at Power has come to a close but I know that this isn’t the end. I really grew to love my power fam but I know that I’ll be seeing them and working with again. This is just the beginning for me in terms of working in the industry. I am so grateful for my amazing supervisor who was so supportive and in tune with my dream. I’ll never stop being grateful for the opportunity to work for her and with my power fam. Now it’s time to go back to school and kill it there. Here’s to a brand new, beautiful chapter.