This is a summer of firsts.
Iâ€™ve never lived in Florida, had an AIM account, or heard of the Pixies, but thanks to Relevant Magazine and the wonderful staff, I can now say I have done all of these.Â And, welcome, readers, to another first for me.
My very first blog. Aw.
So, to get things started on this whole blogging thing, I should probably introduce myself. My name is JoLeah Stiles, and I hail from the great state of Texas.Â I go to Texas A&M University in College Station and am really amused at how weird the traditions that we do there seem to people over here.Â Iâ€™m a communication major and journalism minor, and Iâ€™ll graduate in December.
I work in the editorial office over here on Alden Road.Â But, like my friend Chad said before me, Iâ€™d love to just be a part of the intern posse.Â There are some really talented people here, so get excited for the upcoming issues.
Now that all that superficial intro business is done, letâ€™s get down to the heart of things. And that is, â€œFosterâ€™s Home for Imaginary Friendsâ€ is my absolute favorite cartoon.
Iâ€™m kidding (not about â€œFosterâ€™s,â€ itâ€™s wonderful, but about the whole thatâ€™s the serious part of my blog). The real heart of things is that Iâ€™m excited.
Iâ€™m terribly excited to be here and to be able to share all of the happenings that go on behind the scenes at the greatest magazine in the country.Â I love to write, always have, but all of the other things that go on to make a magazine are as foreign to me as Russian pop stars (if there are any).Â
Iâ€™m excited to learn how to write so that I can inspire you readers to grow closer to Christ without sounding like a sermon.Â Iâ€™m excited to figure out how to do these foreign things like blogging and uploading Web articles, even though Iâ€™ll probably make a fool of myself the first few times and have to ask a thousand questions.
But, thatâ€™s the really exciting part â€“ the prospect of change.Â This is different for me.Â Thereâ€™s a whole new group of people to get to know, but we have a new dynamic of interaction that Iâ€™ve never been a part of â€“ the office.Â Itâ€™s interesting to figure out how to glorify God by typing on my laptop, spilling my thoughts to strangers and new friends. I like pretending that Iâ€™m an adult, coming to work and then exploring the city without the knowledge of tests or homework hanging over me. Â
I know that Iâ€™m going to look back on this summer and be able to point out things that changed me for life, hopefully for the better.Â And, considering that I am the type of person that would spill my life story to a stranger on the bus if they asked me to, get ready for the real story of life with Relevant. Hope you enjoy.