Before I traveled from North Carolina to intern in New York for Martha Stewart Living Radio this summer, my friends and family asked, “When are you going to meet Martha Stewart?” After I spent a few weeks working in the radio studio, the day finally came. This year’s intern group was invited to a luncheon along with a question and answer session with Martha herself last Wednesday. We took lunch in an airy, open room with wall-to-wall windows that overlooked the Hudson River, and farther away, the Statue of Liberty.
We interns enjoyed delicious sandwiches with turkey, fresh nectarine, and dill mayo from Sullivan and Co. Bakery as we discussed our work in various departments from finance to textile design. The Manhattan skyline was an appropriate backdrop for advice from Martha on helping us follow our dreams.
For me, the most important piece of advice she gave was, “Don’t pigeonhole yourself.” The media maven encouraged us to intern at a variety of places during school, to discover the environment that feels right for us. “I try to learn one new thing every day. Continuing to learn is terribly important,” she said.
Hearing Martha’s advice inspired me to put more faith into my own aspirations, such as creating an independent music magazine, and to set goals to achieve them. We interns have come from all different types of backgrounds. Together, like Martha, we’re on our respective journeys of sharing our taste and creativity with the world.