August 15, 2017
Today was my last day at Gap Factory. Handing in my badge and laptop was a very bittersweet moment. While I am so grateful and fortunate for the experience, I’m very sad that this is the end. Scratch that, it’s not entirely the end (c’mon pessimistic self), it’s actually the beginning of a new chapter.
This experience has been nothing but positive. I’m so grateful for the people I’ve met and the opportunities that were given that sometimes I forget how lucky I am. To find a job right out of college that I not only love, but found a passion/calling is almost unheard of these days. And on top of that, to work at a company I’ve admired for so long in an industry I’ve dreamed working in my entire life is just icing on the cake. So you can see why it must’ve been hard for me to leave, a literal, dream come true.
However, all good things must come to an end and my time at Gap Factory is just the beginning of an exciting journey. As a college graduate who majored in marketing, I didn’t even know what to expect when I entered the working/corporate world. I mean, I didn’t even know there was a such thing as a “copywriter”, but man am I glad I discovered, became, and learned this profession with the guidance of such an amazing mentor and team. I always knew I was good at writing–in middle school I won a few creative writing contests, was known by my peers for my novel writing, and even predicted by my 8th grade teacher to be a fashion magazine editor–I just didn’t know I could make a profession out of it. My mom mentioned to me in high school that I would be good at marketing, but honestly, I didn’t know what the hell that meant. High school also kinda destroyed any love I had for writing or english because, let’s be honest, my high school was competitive AF and any sort of creativity was wiped out in fear of getting a bad grade.
Come college I still didn’t know what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to do business because that’s the industry both my parents are in. I knew I wanted to do marketing because apparently I was good at it, and it was more of the creative aspect of business. So I took a lot of business classes with the thought or hope that I was going to be on the production side, maybe social media, but something that I would maybe enjoy. But, the stars somehow aligned and the universe presented me with the opportunity to be a junior copywriter and I found myself in my dream job that I never thought was possible. This is all thanks to my mentor, Alex, who believed in my writing and potential more than I even did. She showed me the beauty in storytelling and allowed for my creative juices be heard. Without her, I wouldn’t have rediscovered my love for writing or even the possibility that I could make a career out of it.
Sooo…what does the future hold?
Well, starting September 5th, I’ll be on my way to Southeast Asia, where I’ll be backpacking solo for 3 months. I figure, the time is now, I have some experience under my belt for when I want to jump back into job-hunting and working in the corporate world. Traveling is definitely very important to me, and I’ll regret not making the leap if I pass this experience up. When I return I hope to be in a copywriter position again, at a company similar to Gap (hopefully in the Gap Inc. family because I do love this company) or a fashion-related industry. I want to strengthen and refine my writing skills, since I didn’t take any writing courses in college, and take my copywriting profession seriously. I want to move out of my mom’s tiny one-bedroom apartment and finally get my own place. I have so many goals that I want to achieve, and I’m excited to say this is just the beginning.
So, thank you to everyone who’s made my time at Gap a memorable and amazing experience. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me. If you want to know how my trip is going, please subscribe to my blog or check back regularly! I would love to share my first, long, solo backpacking journey with all of you!