Back in 1988 I received an associates in Journalism, which I joke about as the reason why I've been doing accounts payable for over two decades, because I never did anything further than writing for a local music magazine in exchange for concert tickets and free CDs, and doing free PR for a few small local bands in the 1990s. Several years later, I got a six-month temp job in the editorial department of our state's newspaper as an admin. assistant, although because of my degree they also ended up letting me write a lot of the little headings for the letters from readers. I genuinely enjoyed doing it even though it obviously didn't count as a byline! Anyway, I was visiting a friend one day and another friend of hers was there, too. After I told friend of friend where I was temping, she said that she should apply there as a writer because "I write lots of letters." As in writing to friends and family. At which point I should have slapped myself on the forehead and said, "You mean I got a degree for nothing?!" However, I didn't want to be rude.