By Melissa Shutter
Recently I was granted a wonderful opportunity following a phone interview with the Internet/Catalog Copy Manager at Cabela’s corporate world headquarters in Sidney, NE… an all expenses paid trip for an on-site interview for the Copywriter II position within their Production department. Airfare, rental car, meals, hotel, fuel – the works – were paid in full prior to my trip, or reimbursed to me by Cabela’s corporate office following the day of interviews. Even given the depth of my vocabulary after having attended six years of college, earned three degrees, and finally graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College last May, I struggle to find words worthy of describing this trip, what it meant to me, and what potential it had for my future as an individual, as a professional, and – most importantly – as an adult. Below is the best I could do…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
My forehead is pressed against the cold surface of an airplane window. The cabin is quiet, all pinging warnings and reminders from the cockpit have ceased. Newspapers rustle. The large man sitting on the opposite side of the aisle begins to slump and snore. His breathing is heavy, unsettling.
My insides are a mess of anxiety and nerves, my mind unable to sit still inside of its shell. Events from the previous 48 hours replay over and over again in my head, a reel of fast-paced, extraordinary happenings that could quite possibly lead me to “the good life” I’ve so desired for as long as I can remember. My ticket for a one-way, one-stop, now or never express trip to the real world of eight to fives, TGIF’s and dress codes that consisted of more than yoga pants and booger-smeared t-shirts, suddenly within reach, shockingly real. Adulthood and fulfillment were potentially — finally — calling my name… from a place far, far away.