Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

Three days of heels

Though it’s been 6 years since I walked into high school for the first time wearing ragged jeans and my younger brother’s T-shirt, my taste in clothing hasn’t changed. I’m most comfortable in the shirt and jeans that have gone through the washer so many times they hang together by three threads.

Which is one of the explanations for why last weekend was so challenging.

On Thursday, I had job/internship interviews with The Miami Herald and The St. Petersburg Times. An event that requires the full pantsuit and heels. The interviews went very well, in fact, the best I’ve had yet.

Friday evening was the cocktail event for the Alligator’s 2nd Century Celebration. A little less formal, but military boots paired with a skirt: Not cocktail material. I met some really interesting people and I had a great time, but at midnight I was really glad to walk home in my socks.

Then on Saturday, the Celebration was in full swing. As the new media managing editor, I had to sit up on the dais. I know everyone was too busy talking and eating to look at me, but I’m not the most graceful eater…so I kept my mouth shut.

My parents would be delighted to learn that I’ve finally entered the realm of professionalism, I can dress myself without being an embarrassment and I’ll keep the heels on until midnight. (Which is when I assume everyone is too tired or inebriated to look at my feet.)

I understand that appearances matter and that I’ll never get rid of the heels for good. As one of my professors pointed out: I’d hate to lose a good job to a moron who dressed up because I dressed down. But I don’t have to like it.

This week, I ran into a professor who had seen all three versions of “dressed-up me.” “Now, there’s the Megan I recognize.” As much as I look forward to life after college, I’ll enjoy my jeans and t-shirts as long as I can. Mom always did warn me not to grow up too fast.

  • Re: Funny thing about heels

    We’re in the middle of downtown in a parking-challenged city. We have three lots for employees, and they get farther away depending on what you do. There’s the executive lot, which is just across the street. Then a relatively small lot about a half block away for reporters & photographers, who are in and out all day. And then there’s a lot that’s about two blocks and one street over from the building for everyone else — it’s referred to as “the leper lot.”

    The first day one of the interns (who park in the leper lot) was here, I stopped to chat with a friend on the copy desk on my way in from an assignment. Because we have only one intern desk by the reporters, when there is more than one here at a time, some sit at the copy desk, as was the case that day. Apparently, the female intern, who I hadn’t met yet, asked my friend after I left if I was a reporter. Because, my friend told me, I “had to be important enough to park close enough to wear heels.” LOL. I wanted to go back and tell the girl, actually, no matter where you park you just suffer. I usually live in dressy flats — I have three different black pairs and two in brown. But I had been wearing a skirt and heels that day, which is a rarity because you just never know where you may get sent or whether you’ll have to hike a mile to get to the accident scene or stand on the sidewalk at the bank that just got robbed for an hour. (Which is why I have a more comfy pair of shoes packed in my trunk. Just in case.)

    As for the clothes — I live for the weekends in part so I can put my hair in a pony tail, don my favorite jeans and a hoodie, and bust out my chucks for a throughly dress-down day. Guess I’m not yet too grown up myself.

  • Re: Funny thing about heels

    We’re in the middle of downtown in a parking-challenged city. We have three lots for employees, and they get farther away depending on what you do. There’s the executive lot, which is just across the street. Then a relatively small lot about a half block away for reporters & photographers, who are in and out all day. And then there’s a lot that’s about two blocks and one street over from the building for everyone else — it’s referred to as “the leper lot.”

    The first day one of the interns (who park in the leper lot) was here, I stopped to chat with a friend on the copy desk on my way in from an assignment. Because we have only one intern desk by the reporters, when there is more than one here at a time, some sit at the copy desk, as was the case that day. Apparently, the female intern, who I hadn’t met yet, asked my friend after I left if I was a reporter. Because, my friend told me, I “had to be important enough to park close enough to wear heels.” LOL. I wanted to go back and tell the girl, actually, no matter where you park you just suffer. I usually live in dressy flats — I have three different black pairs and two in brown. But I had been wearing a skirt and heels that day, which is a rarity because you just never know where you may get sent or whether you’ll have to hike a mile to get to the accident scene or stand on the sidewalk at the bank that just got robbed for an hour. (Which is why I have a more comfy pair of shoes packed in my trunk. Just in case.)

    As for the clothes — I live for the weekends in part so I can put my hair in a pony tail, don my favorite jeans and a hoodie, and bust out my chucks for a throughly dress-down day. Guess I’m not yet too grown up myself.

  • Don’t rush out and buy “professional” clothes just yet. I spent a lot of money getting a professional wardrobe, but then they stuck me in the photo department. Photographers don’t dress up since they constantly get assignments where they’re outside climbing on things!

    Just buy one or two outfits, then wait and see how your work environment is like before you buy any more.

  • Don’t rush out and buy “professional” clothes just yet. I spent a lot of money getting a professional wardrobe, but then they stuck me in the photo department. Photographers don’t dress up since they constantly get assignments where they’re outside climbing on things!

    Just buy one or two outfits, then wait and see how your work environment is like before you buy any more.

  • chichiri

    Hey, I was wondering, what was the Miami Herald interview like? I’m going to do one soon too and I’m a bit nervous about it.

  • chichiri

    Hey, I was wondering, what was the Miami Herald interview like? I’m going to do one soon too and I’m a bit nervous about it.

  • Who are you interviewing with? I’ve found that the personality of the interviewer makes all the difference. Rick Hirsch (the multimedia editor at The Miami Herald) made me feel comfortable, and I just talked about the different work I’d done, new things I was learning or want to learn.
    Other interviewers have made me feel stupid, as though I didn’t know enough, or do enough. It was hard to be passionate and enthusiastic in front of such people.

  • Who are you interviewing with? I’ve found that the personality of the interviewer makes all the difference. Rick Hirsch (the multimedia editor at The Miami Herald) made me feel comfortable, and I just talked about the different work I’d done, new things I was learning or want to learn.
    Other interviewers have made me feel stupid, as though I didn’t know enough, or do enough. It was hard to be passionate and enthusiastic in front of such people.

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