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The following article was posted on December 13th, 2012, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 20 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 20

I wouldn't complain ...

San Luis Obispo

Rennie Clayton

I was extremely disappointed in the commentary “When dreams won’t come” (Nov. 22) by Ana Korgan.

I am a college student aspiring to be a journalist. I live with my mom to save money. I am on the newspaper at my college. On top of all that, I am also a barista. If I had the opportunity to intern at New Times, I wouldn’t be complaining about the “under-stimulating” office space or traveling to cover an event to write an article that will be published. Korgan is also extremely lucky that she doesn’t have to get a job she is so clearly above doing to support herself, and I think she should be a little more grateful for the things she has rather than publishing an article strictly to complain.

I am working extremely hard for everything I have, and it’s really upsetting to me that someone who has my dream internship is so ungrateful. It’s even more upsetting that this unappreciative person is putting down my job and what I am doing to get by. I don’t want to be a barista forever, but it’s not a bad job. I also think it’s really funny that Korgan seems to think she could just go out and get a job as a barista. I’d like to see her try to do what I do as well as I do it for one day.

I find it pathetic that at the end of the article Korgan would go so far as to ask people, specifically possible employers, to sympathize and throw her a bone. She can’t expect people to just hand her the job of her dreams, especially when she complains about the job she already has. While Korgan may have been aiming for some kind of satire, it struck a different chord with me.

To summarize what I am saying: No one wants to read a whole article of someone complaining about all the great opportunities they have and putting down people who are working hard for what they have. Hire someone who has a passion for journalism and who would be excited by the idea of covering an election party in Paso Robles, let alone any story that will be read in a professional paper like New Times (perhaps someone like me?).