The importance of connection

Khari Brandes

It took me a really long time to secure my internship for this semester (I didn’t start until almost October!) and I was really down about it and stressed out. Finally, after about five weeks in Los Angeles, I secured three offers at once, which brought on a whole new level of stress. It took me a week to decide after consulting heavily with friends and families and spending days putting thought into it. Finally, I made my decision, and started the following week. I got there and I kind of hated it, despite loving my boss who was a Syracuse University alumnus. I really wanted to get out of there, worried I’d made the wrong decision. After two days there, I found out that my boss was leaving his position at the wider company. This was another big, difficult shift to deal with, but it was also an opportunity. I knew I didn’t want to stay with the company, and I didn’t want to intern at an independent venture. Having stayed in contact with one of the other people who offered me an internship, I got back in touch, and I was actually able to pivot and intern with them. From my first day in mid-October to now, I’ve loved it entirely. I feel thankful for the good luck I’ve had, which I made by maximizing my connections and keeping them in an authentic way.

Khari Brandes is a senior Bandier program for recording and entertainment industries major in the Newhouse School.