Shero Spotlight: Adrianna Michaels

Today’s Shero Spotlight is Dayton 24/7 Now morning meteorologist, Adrianna Michaels! I met Adrianna through CHAARG, and after spending a year on the Ohio University CHAARG executive team together, I knew she was going to be someone who would go on to do amazing things. Adrianna’s ambition and bright personality have proved to be assets as she is quickly making her way up in her field, and I am thrilled to have her on the blog!

While at Ohio University, Adrianna was a weather forecaster for WOUB Public Media. Photo from Adrianna Michaels.

Where did your degree take you after graduation?
For meteorology, there’s very limited schools that we can go to, which makes it kind of hard but also at the same time, pretty helpful because the schools are really good wherever you end up. So, Ohio University and the meteorology program and being able to get involved with WOUB and things like that really benefited me in the long run … So, I jumped from a 189 market [in Lima, Ohio] to a 64, and that’s not normal. You usually do a mid-size before you go to the top and Dayton, Ohio, is not the [very] top, but there’s 210 markets, so that’s pretty close to the top.

How did you go about finding job opportunities?
No matter what your degree is, networking is really important. So, interning was the biggest thing for me. I interned in Cleveland, Ohio, and then I interned in Columbus, Ohio. WOUB and Ohio University connections are everywhere too … [I decided I was] only gonna apply to jobs that I wanted, I wasn’t going to apply everywhere. I was like, I know I’m good enough to be picky because I figured I could end up where I wanted to end up, and that’s exactly what happened. When I applied in Dayton, someone I interned with in Cleveland had worked with the chief meteorologist that had just started two weeks before I came for an interview. It was too perfect to not let it happen, and my friend Chelsea also worked there. So, it’s all about networking, essentially.

During her summers, Adrianna worked as a weather intern at 10tv in Columbus, Ohio, and at Cleveland19 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo from Adrianna Michaels.

What would you say to people who are quick to jump at the first job offered to them, even if it’s not necessarily what they want?
If it doesn’t feel right, don’t take it … I just could tell on the phone, whether or not a job was a good fit for me … If I would have taken that first job, I wouldn’t have been able to be [in Dayton] now.

What has been the most difficult thing about living on your own post-grad?
It’s just the whole thought that everything you have to do is on your own and by yourself and for yourself now. Yeah, I call my mom every day and I talk to her about the minor inconveniences, but at the time that they’re happening, I have to figure it out myself … It’s just a very stressful time. Now, I feel like I’m a lot better. Before, the adjustment of going from having two roommates and best friends that were always hanging out and always having somebody to turn to and then to having nobody for a long time, that was hard. But, phone calls are always helpful and Facetimes and stuff like that are important. 

How have you adjusted to moving to a new city right after graduating?
I always love local hometown food places. I love to eat, everyone will tell you that. So, that was my thing as soon as I got to work places I was like, “Okay, what’s your favorite pizza place? What’s your favorite this?” So, I made a list and was able to go try everything. Especially in the news, people love seeing that you’re a person too. So, I would post about the places that I went to and people were like, “Oh my gosh try this next.” So, kind of just trying to throw yourself into the community is huge, that really made a difference.

Adrianna is currently the morning meteorologist at Dayton 24/7 Now. Photo from Adrianna Michaels.

What has surprised you most about being a well-known TV personality? 
You really have to be conscious of what you say. I mean obviously more people need to think that way, but whatever you say, I know people have heard this time and time again, but whatever you say on social media follows you forever, whether you’re a TV personality or a teacher. People will define you by the person that you are unfortunately, on the surface versus getting to know you … And it is really important to be conscious. 

What advice would you give to girls nearing post-grad life?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I think a lot of people say that but I mean, I wouldn’t be able to get through the things that I’ve went through without Facetiming Leah, when I’m having a meltdown about, I don’t know where to go work out or what to do or how to eat or just talking in general or calling my mom and being like, Mom, I don’t have any money. You’re allowed to ask, and if people tell you no, then that’s on them. But, it doesn’t hurt to at least try. Also, always go into interviews with questions too, because that sounds like you did your research, and also do your research because that’s also really important. I went in knowing people like I read bios, and I read about what shows people were on and the personalities and where they came from, so I had backgrounds when I got there. It’s just really important to not be afraid to reach out if you need to. 

Be sure to keep up to date with Adrianna on Facebook and Twitter!

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