Nine weeks ago I accepted an internship with an up-and-coming online platform called polljuice. You know, the one you’re on right now. Coming into it, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I knew I’d be writing articles, and since writing is something I’m passionate about, I figured it would be a rewarding experience. Never did I think I’d have as much fun doing something that is technically considered work, especially something that isn’t directly related to my career goals, but I was pleasantly surprised.
First of all, let me say that the people behind the articles you read are regular college students and recent graduates. This platform is built on the dreams of a young generation seeking to connect with people around the world, to make content that’s relatable, engaging, and informative, and especially now, to construct a sense of normality amid the chaos of real life. Each person, Steven, Marina, Abby, Nina, Megan, and Matt, brings their own interests and passions to the table, and even though our individual areas of interest vary, we have become somewhat of an eclectic family bound together by a shared love for polljuice and what it represents.
To me, polljuice is a conduit to expression for young people yearning to be heard, and it’s allowed me to explore subjects I love and topics I’d never thought about before. Through this platform, I’ve found a voice I knew I had but didn’t know how to use. I’ve learned to trust myself and my thoughts and to give myself credit for all those thoughts I’d discarded as unimportant or lesser. polljuice has made me a better writer, a better researcher, and a better member of our shared cultural society.
As my time as a polljuice writer draws to a close, I want to thank a few people. First, Steven, our “boss” and the mastermind behind this website. Thank you for trusting me enough to publish my musings and for being a kind and understanding leader. You’re going to make great things happen, and I can’t wait to brag about having worked with you this summer when you’re a famous businessman.
Second, my fellow polljuice interns, thank you for being warm and welcoming and for making this experience ten times more enjoyable by being lovely human beings. You’re all intelligent, eloquent, insightful people, and wherever you go, I hope you always remember that your thoughts matter and you’re smarter than you think (really, I’m in awe at everything you write).
Lastly, everyone who’s read my articles and supported me in my polljuice journey, thank you for giving me the privilege of sharing my rambling, weird, at times controversial thoughts with you. The fact that you’ve read my articles and are reading this right now fills me with humbling joy and gratefulness, and I want to express how much I appreciate all your support.
polljuice, thank you. Thank you for a transformative experience of growth and self-discovery. I’ve loved every second of it, and I’m filled with excitement at the possibilities of where you’ll go and how you’ll grow. And if you, reader, are thinking about joining this team, I cannot encourage you enough.
Do it, I promise you, you’ll love it.