Jessi Pierce | | Brainerd, Minnesota

Welcome to the real world

It's been five years and 10 internships in the making, but I have finally made it; I am officially a journalist.

A 2010 graduate from Iowa State University, I was offered an internship with USA Hockey Magazine immediately after graduation. Boom, just like that. Which--luckily enough for me based on impeccable timing--was what I had known throughout most of my college career. I would apply for one internship, get it, and that was that. No fuss, no muss.