Tammy Tibbetts AKA Alumni Idol

Attending college can be so monotonous sometimes, and oftentimes college students feel as though the light at the end of the tunnel is unattainable. When is this going to be over? As every internship brings you closer to your coveted dream job, it may be a good idea to research and get in touch with successful alumni who are thriving in your desired field.

That is exactly what I did. Being introduced to Tammy Tibbett’s  journey in class this semester, I could not help but feel inspired. After interning with Seventeen, Jane and Ladies Home Journal, Tammy became the founder of a non-profit organization named “She’s the First” that empowers women in underdeveloped communities to be the first in their families to obtain an education.

Reading about the many successes she has achieved after obtaining a Journalism degree from The College of New Jersey, it gives me hope that I will be able to take that same degree and transform it into the blueprint for my future. Being that we have such things in common, it helps put a face to the success instead of thinking about it in abstract, impersonal ways.

Tammy is also the social media editor of Seventeen magazine along with running her non-profit. She never fails to strive to empower women on a daily basis and serves as an example to all those whose dreams seem far-reaching and intangible.

Thank you, Tammy, for inspiring me everyday to pursue my dream of working in the magazine industry. Hooray for triumphant alumni!

*Be sure to check out her success story here.


Gaining that Competitive Edge

Those who wish to write for a prestigious magazine someday (me!) know just how imperative it is to secure an internship early on, prior to graduation if possible. Despite the sometimes tedious act of devising a resume and organizing a cover letter that outlines your goals and honorable reputation, gaining that competitive edge over others that are also eager to work in the magazine industry definitely outweighs the possible headaches.

Internships, if you are lucky enough to actually learn something and not be the “coffee fetcher,” can be an extremely rewarding experience. It allows you to take the concepts learned in textbooks and during class discussions and apply them to realistic situations, all the while networking and establishing what could potentially be lifelong friendships.

A particularly comprehensive website that I refer to for internship opportunities is Ed2010. It allows you to easily scroll through the open internships which are updated nearly everyday to facilitate in landing your dream job. On their website, they explain that

Ed2010 is a community of young magazine editors and magazine-editor wannabes who want to learn more about the industry so we can fulfill our dreams of landing top editing and writing positions in the magazine industry.

That is where I recently discovered an opening at SarahScoop, an online blog forum that unites all women with an interest in fashion, beauty, fitness, recipes, and do-it-yourself projects.

If it weren’t for Ed2010, I would most likely not be writing for SarahScoop and meeting women whose goals are aligned with mine. Together we are planing for our futures, and what better way than to do so than continue honing our writing skills and participating in something we’re passionate about?

Thanks, Ed!