The NYC Experience with Shelby Poskochil
Shelby Poskochil, NE
- Studies Journalism @ the University of Kansas
- Former High School/Collegiate and IJM title holder
- Intern with The Pageant Planet
1. Why did you decide to participate in the NYC Experience?
I decided to participate in the NYC Experience because I wanted to catch a glimpse into what it would really be like to work in the modeling, fashion, acting, and business industries. I also wanted to experience New York City to see how I would like it if I ever chose to live and work there someday.
2. Did your focus change once you were in NYC? If so, how?
My focus changed based on where I saw my future career going once I was in NYC. Before going to NYC I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pursue a future in modeling or acting or fashion or business. After spending time in the city I learned that I am going to pursue a future in business and possibly fashion but modeling and acting are not what I am most passionate about.
3. Talk about three lessons/ah-ha moments you came away with.
One, people kept telling me I would hate New York City because it was too loud, too busy, too dirty, etc. I did not hate it, I enjoyed it. Could I see myself living there forever? No. But I could definitely see myself having a career there at some point in my life. I no longer have to fear that if my future job sends me to NYC that I will be miserable.
Two, I was never sure if I was on the right track with my college major and minor but taking this trip assured me that I am. The people that we met with and the knowledge that I learned reassured me that I am on the right track with my life and I am taking the steps that I need to be taking to get to where I want to be in the future.
Three, thick skin is important; especially in a big competitive city. I consider myself to be confident within my own skin but I did not realize how thick your skin has to be in a city like NYC. People are going to constantly tell you things about yourself and you have to learn what to truly take into consideration and what to toss aside gracefully.
4. What was your very favorite part? Least favorite?
My favorite part of the trip was when we visited Allure and met Ro. As a Journalism student, I loved seeing the inner workings of a magazine and listening to what Ro had to say about the industry.
My least favorite part was being ill throughout the trip. Strep throat in NYC is not fun.
5. Is there anything you would change about the trip?
One thing I would change about the trip is to have the girls going on the trip all send in a list of places or attractions they want to see and then compile the list, narrow it down, and have one day where they are able to go see whatever they want to see. This way they can experience something specific to them.
6. What advice would you give to someone considering the NYC Experience? Why?
I would tell someone to go on the NYC Experience trip at least once. Whether they are interested in modeling, acting, or fashion or not they will learn more in one week than they ever will in a semester of college. I certainly know I did. It is an experience that will teach you a lot about yourself, your future, and about NYC. It is important to take trips like these.
7. What else would you like me to know about your NYC Experience?
Although I was sick, I had a wonderful time. This trip showed me what path I want to take in my life and increased my connections for the future. I learned a lot from this trip and will remember it and the people I met forever.