You know that feeling right before plunging into a huge drop on a rollercoaster,
or walking through the curtains right before a full-crowd performance,
or feeling the acid buildup in your mouth right before you’re about to yack?
That’s pretty much where I’m at right now.
And I’m asking you to help me yack.
Let me explain.
This summer, I’ll be in New York
for an American Society of Magazine Editors internship with Glamour Magazine.
For ten weeks, I’ll be living in the NYU dorms with the 20-or-so other ASME interns from across the country, attending networking events together, living as cheaply as possible, and eating absolutely everything.
This fall, I’ll be in Milan
for a long-awaited Study Abroad semester with IES.
Four months of uninhibited nomad-ation. Still entertaining the idea of getting a PR internship while I’m there, but nothing will stop me from spending my weekends in Egypt, Greece and Ireland. Nothing.
(Meanwhile, I’ve asked my leadership fraternity to come up with a list of 10 Embarrassing Things I Must Do [and get photographic evidence of] while in both cities, which I promised to blog about. I know, right — sounds like the beginnings of another train-wreck MTV reality TV show. Why do you think I asked?!)
In summary, this will be the hungriest, poorest,
most exhausting and most delicious next-few-months of my life.
Nervous, excited, anxious, looking-at-my-checking-account-and-crying — I’m all of that and more. But more than that, I’m intrigued. I’m about to live and work in two of the greatest metropolises on earth. I’m about to come face-to-face with all that is urban: Interesting people, interesting places, interesting stories.
And I want to takeaway more from my abroad life than just new Facebook albums and pessimism about American politics. I want my experiences to serve you — someone, anyone — somehow.
There has got to be some sort of opportunity here:
To track an interesting social trend.
To begin a series of interviews and videos tied to a specific theme.
Maybe to simply ask one important question to as many people as possible,
and build a study around their answers.
So I’m asking you to assign me something.
New York, New York. Milan, Italy.
What can I explore? What can I research? What can I give?
The topics I’m in love with are youth media; the effect of media messages on teen girls; the meaning of female self-esteem in our poisonous world today. I’ve got a few ideas, but I wanna know what people wanna know.
I want your ideas.
Give me homework.
Feel free to comment, tweet me @bernadetteanat, e-mail me at bernadetteanat [at] gmail.com…
I’m thinking I’ll kick this over to some great mentors o’ mine, as well. I want all hands on deck for this one.
Sock it to me!