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The meaning of stuff

In my life, I want to do a lot of stuff.

What kind of stuff?

I don’t know, I just want to do a lot of really cool stuff that I’m in to. Like writing and stuff. You know?

Yeah. You want to do stuff. Great. I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff out there for you to do.

I was reading through another blog post the other day that introduced about 13 new interns at a large company. The reason I was reading this post in the first place was because as I’ve said before, I’m getting to the point where I’ll be getting a professional job. Anyway, I was hoping to get a few tips and insight on what these people were going to work on, what skills they have and sort of compare my skills (as if that would give me some sort of comfort in knowing that I actually do have marketable skills).

But all I got from it was the realization that they were still exploring their interests — same as me. So, I mean, that’s good. But I had to laugh at all the generic, vague, yet artistic responses.

Here’s what they said about their goals, future and interests: Stuff.

1. “I’m here to explore as much as possible without putting a label on myself.”
2. “I want to keep my roots in design and illustration, but I want to test the waters.”
3. “…In the group we’re all starting to find our roles, but I want to contribute to making cool shit.”
4. “I’m here to explore new environment.”
5. “I have an undying need to create. I think my strongest skill is illustration. I’ve always liked writing but I’ve never been ballsy enough to say I was a writer, so I could focus on that aspect a little more. I want to do a lot of stuff.”
6. “All I want to do is experience as I explore what my niche will be, and to meet as many different people in the office as I can.”
7. “I love doing art direction and graphic design. But I have no idea what I’ll end up doing.”
8. “When faced with the decision, I wanted to take the far-out one. I’m not sure where it will lead me, and I think that’s a good thing.”
9. “The more I learn about it, the less sure I am of what I want to do. I’m open to anything.”
10. “I’m ready for something new. I like a challenge.”

I mean, is this really the best that they could come up with? Maybe it’s just that they wanted to give a short response, but pretty much they all say the same thing — they have no idea what they want to do, except for the fact that they want to do stuff.

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