Learning how not to be a perfectionist

I feel like this was the fastest week of my life. It seemed like everything was due in the next minute,  and it was exhausting – but rewarding. 

The hardest lesson I learned this week was that I had to learn to let live and let go of things that were out of my control. As a perfectionist, I really wanted to ensure that everything was PERFECT and the way I wanted it, but I soon realized that I couldn’t perfect all of it when a deadline looms 10 minutes away. Turns out, that’s why editors exist! It was really fun to learn how to work with a team on a quick turnaround, and I know this experience will come in handy for my career. 

The best part of my week was doing my standup. How confident I felt in front of the camera only reaffirms  that I should explore TV broadcasting. My experience at NPR’s NextGenRadio was absolutely amazing. Of course, the program was very intense, and I was extremely stressed at certain times, but something Stephanie said really resonated with me, “This is a lot of work for people already in the field, let alone those just starting.” If I could survive this week, I am confident I can survive any day in the professional world.

Thank you to Stephanie for her smart mind, optimistic attitude, and inspiring insight. Thank you to Nina for powering me through and cracking down on these deadlines! Thank you to the rest of our editors and staff for really coming through down to the last minute and quickly giving my piece some tough love. I learned so much at NextGenRadio – both in lessons about the field and in life. I will always be grateful for this opportunity and the takeaways I carry with me.

By Diana Khosrovi

Originally from Boise, Idaho, Diana Khosrovi is a news and storytelling fan. She recently graduated with a B.S. in public health from Westminster College and is an events and community engagement editor at KUER in Salt Lake City. She plans to use the journalistic skills she learned from NextGenRadio to tell compelling news features on social justice, health and disenfranchised communities.

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