10 o’clock list: 5 Reasons to Write for The Thrill


You may have heard around the ol’ water cooler that Thrill applications are due tomorrow. If you’re on the fence about applying, this list might just seal the deal — the life of an unpaid college blogger is a glamorous one, but somebody’s got to live it.

1. You learn to take criticism. Working for The Thrill is like an intensive writing workshop, only instead of a cuddly, cardigan-clad professor who returns your story covered in gently-phrased suggestions to “expand the scope of your narrative”, you’re being evaluated by a legion of anonymous strangers who can’t believe you wrote Philander Chase was born in 1776 when it was actually 1775 what is the matter with you this is basically a hate crime. (Just kidding. Mostly. We love our commenters!)

2. You can put “well-versed in social media” on your resume and only be 75% full of it. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but people are way into the Internet these days. New media. Silicon Valley. Tech stocks. These are just a few of the Internet-related phrases I’ve learned while working for The Thrill — join us, and you’ll learn ’em all. Seriously, though, employers will be psyched to hire you if –  on top of being motivated and dynamic and all those nonsense corporate adjectives – you have just the quippy voice to run the office Twitter.

3. You can do it without pants on. It’s a rainy Sunday morning in February. You’re kickin’ back in bed with a bag of Stacy’s Chips and a warm Diet Coke, nursing last night’s hangover, as your friends peer into your room, asking “Aren’t you getting up for that ECO/Equestrian Club/Chasers meeting? It’s, like, 2 p.m. already.” You smugly shake your head, open up a Word document and let your genius flow. Once you’ve sent your post to your editor, the afternoon is yours. Eat more chips. Watch some Netflix. Take a nap. The world is your oyster.

4. You can finally justify all the time you spend online. What? It’s research. For work. You are a blogger, and this is your job.

5. We’re a family here. All we do is support each other. We’d never dream of writing each other up, or publishing elaborate Valentine’s Day personal ads for each other, or hijacking each other’s posts, or swearing revenge on each other, or anything dysfunctional like that. Join us, and you’ll see.

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