Picture me, picturing myself, as Marquette social media intern
Hi, I’m Brian Boyle, and I can’t stop picturing myself as the next Marquette social media intern. I’ll tell you why.
I’m just a few weeks away from completing my first year as a journalism major. I only just now declared a minor in digital media. But what I lack in experience, I more than make up for in my willingness to learn. I’m no ace photographer, so I’m none too hip with the Instagrams and the Pinterests. But, if that’s what it takes to tell the best story in the best possible way, then look out world, cause I’m willing to take a Shane-McMahon-at-Wrestlemania sized leap of faith. (Ok, maybe not a leap that big). I love experimenting, and trying new things and learning new skills is something I look forward to as a social media intern.
I’m hungry. A lot. And no, I don’t mean that I require constant snacking, hourly trips to the vending machines, or long lunches. (Though I have loved exploring Milwaukee’s rich street taco scene). Rather, I possess an unusually large, Homer Simpson-esque insatiable hunger for content. Whether it’s weekly newsletters from The Ringer, the statistical genius of FiveThirtyEight, or the heartfelt personal tales of This American Life, I am always consuming. As someone who strives to make a career as a content creator, I truly believe that a steady diet of long-form journalism, blogs, tweets, and podcasts is one of the most important ways to grow my own talents.
When my mother throws a “Stop staring at your phone all the time” my way, I respond with an unstoppable countermove: “But Mom! It’s educational.” Check. Mate.
As someone who has spent their entire life as a member on various teams and clubs, I know what being a teammate is all about. Whether it’s through soccer squads or high school newspaper staffs, I’ve learned that having my peers back is what it is all about. Like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns celebrating the thunderous dunks of teammate Zach Lavine at the 2016 NBA Dunk Contest, being a present and supportive team member is something I look forward to as an intern. Praising our accomplishments and learning from our mistakes is a must for future improvement.
I love writing. At 12 years old, I remember stumbling upon Roger Ebert’s review for “The Dark Knight” and realizing that professional writers have made careers writing about the things they love. And it blew my mind. I kept asking myself “Why doesn’t everybody in the world want to be a writer?????” Soon, I realized the horrifyingly daunting nature of a blank page and the constant nagging sensation of not-good-enough-ness. And yet, I’ve pursued writing anyway. I wrote for the school publication all throughout high school, and developed a solid base of literary and rhetorical skills.
Soon, writing became one of my strongest assets. However, honesty is one of my strongest assets too, and I’d be lying if I said I’m a trans-platform social media savant. While blogging, Medium, Facebook, and Twitter posts might come naturally to me, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat are definetly areas where I could improve. Either way, I look forward to developing and defining all my skillsets as a social media intern. (As you might be able to tell by now, brevity is surely something I can learn).
To me, Marquette is one big family that I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of. Marquette shaped me in ways I never thought it would and has produced some truly memorable life moments. This past semester, I’ve had the oppurtunity of telling the stories of our many family members as an A&E reporter for the Marquette Wire. I’ve covered some of the biggest of Marquette big-wigs, as well as the smallest of stars. Along the way, I’ve learned that we all have a story to tell. As social media intern, I can’t wait to keep telling our stories.
Like Cubs stud slugger Kyle Schwarber, I might not be perfect. My Snapchat game might be 15-seconds-in-the-microwave hot rather than straight 🔥🔥🔥, and playing left field might never completely work out. But I’m young, exciting, energetic, and willing to learn. Who knows? I might just be a homerun. #YABO #SCHWARBO #FlyTheW #NoMoreNextYear #LetsGoCubs