Interviews / by Helen Arase

In my job search I've only had a handful of interviews. As in... I don't have to use all five fingers...

BUT: I have the most exciting interview in about an hour. I have never been this close to such a great opportunity. I almost feel like it fell out of the sky.

No matter what the outcome is I am just impressed with myself (can I say that?) because I was considered for a second. I said something in my application that caught their attention. And I genuinely feel that way. Of course I would be very sad if I don't get this position - who wouldn't be, it's amazing - but life will go on. 

I truly feel that I want to dedicate my life to making the world a better place. Adding to the public knowledge, showing realities that others can't see, enlightening: these are the only way I know how at the moment and I can't wait to start that it actually hurts my heart sometimes. 

I don't want to jinx the opportunity so I won't say what it is until the decisions are sent out in a few weeks but if there is anyone out there who follows my occasional updates, I'll keep you posted.

On the occasional update note - I apologize for the lack of photo updates, this last year I took more of an editorial and directorial role in my activities so my shooting time went from overdrive to... not overdrive or news related. I did gain invaluable experience that may not be shown in my own work but adds to my knowledge of photography and journalism, and I can see my mentoring in the work of my staff and other students. Realizing that sharing my knowledge to help my peers become better photojournalists is something that I did not recognize at the time but can see in their work now. And I think that's kind of cool.