An Eye On Culture
'The Heights' To The 'Stone'
Published: Sunday, October 21, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:01
Jobs. Applications. Money. Plans for the future. Apartments. Interviews. New York or Boston? Move back home or get my own place?
All of these things are on our senior-year minds. I can’t say that I’m as frantic as my peers during this process (shoutout to CSOM!), but I’d be lying if I said I never thought about these plaguing, burdensome decisions that I know must be made at some point.
I’ve started a mental list of places to apply for jobs. Once I add one more random office to the list, it just makes the place at the number one spot of that list seem farther away: Rolling Stone magazine.
As my time as associate arts editor is quickly coming to an end, I’ve become a little emotional about leaving the board, mostly because my job on The Heights brings me so much joy. Not only do I love all the artsy things that I have access to right at my fingertips, like on-campus dance shows and theatre productions, but I also get to read our section writers’ opinions and thoughts on the artsy happenings in the world of pop-culture. As narcissistic as it might sound, however, one of my absolute favorite things about being an editor is that I get to write this column. Not because I love to hear my own opinions, and read them over and over, but simply because some people read it.
Letting go of something I love will be hard. But there is one job that will make that transition easier: the be all, end all of music publications (one more time for emphasis): Rolling Stone magazine.
In the spirit of job-hunting season, here goes nothing.
To Whom It May Concern:
Hire me maybe? Just kidding!
My name is Taylor Cavallo. I’m a senior at Boston College (but don’t worry, I’m a New Yorker at heart) majoring in English and philosophy, with a minor in psychoanalytic studies.
(Now for the fun stuff…)
I’ve been reading your publication since I first learned how to read. Before that I was looking at the pictures. My life revolves around music, and I’d be a great addition to your fantastic, iconic publication.
I was the associate arts editor for the independent student newspaper of BC, The Heights. Need I say more? The Heights is pretty awesome. I’ll bring you a copy during my interview! (Can I have an interview please, pretty please?) While on the board, I produced a weekly column. And guess what! It was mostly about music. Because I love music, did I mention that?
I’ve been labeled by many as an old soul. I love classic rock but have a soft spot for a lot of great modern music. Except Taylor Swift. And Katy Perry. Don’t ask me to review anything pertaining to them because I’ll probably be biased. But if you don’t care, I’ll do it. Which brings me to my next point.…
I’ll do anything. I’ll answer phones, make frantic trips to Starbucks where I have to remember 28 specialty Frappuccinos (I also have a great memory when necessary!), run around New York City getting your laundry. Anything.
Yours truly (I really mean that…),
So while I’m not stupid enough to actually submit that to Rolling Stone (or, on the other hand, is it crazy enough to work?), you all know where I’ll be focusing my attention for a job come next fall, when I’ve departed from the Heights, both the paper and the place.
While this is a little bit of a premature goodbye, as I still have a few issues, production nights, section meetings, Scene meetings, and columns left, I thought I’d take the time out to say thank you for reading The Heights, the arts section, and my column.
While I hate cliches, and more often than not, corny, sappy, cheesy niceties that seem fake give me goose bumps or a nervous itch (really…), I promise you this is sincere.
Maybe if I need a letter of recommendation, one of my readers could write a nice little email. Hmm….