Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Alexandra March and I'm a journalist who works in the audience development space. I'm a news junkie who is always working toward elevating the fundamentals of journalism no matter what position I occupy in a newsroom: hold the powerful accountable and give a voice to the voiceless. When I'm not thinking about that, I'm usually trying out a new fitness class (I recently fell in love with boxing) or baking some sort of confection.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I have had three spinal surgeries to treat scoliosis and I live with chronic pain (that thankfully, the surgeries have helped alleviate quite a bit). The surgeries left me with no feeling in my right leg and very limited flexibility, in addition to pain flair-ups. It's interesting because most people I tell look concerned or feel pity, but they are the best thing that has ever happened to me, in many ways. I used to care more about what other people thought. I made excuses to not workout or to push off my goals. When you can't leave the couch for three months, it really helps you straighten out your priorities and figure out who you are. That's why I constantly set aggressive goals for myself. I can walk again; I'm strong again. I have zero excuses to not achieve each and every goal I set for myself. Once you stop saying the words "I can't" or "I'm afraid," It's really amazing what you can do.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Try. Whatever it is, try it. Ask the question. Do the thing you're afraid of. What's the worst that can happen? You fail or someone says "no." So you try again.
What is your greatest fear?
Dying before I have a chance to meaningfully help people in some way in this world.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Whenever you start to criticize yourself or beat yourself up, stop and think about what you would say to a friend who was saying those words to herself. Then change the conversation and tell yourself what that friend would tell you. It will help you be kinder to yourself.
What do you love most about yourself?
My perseverance. I don't stop working toward what I want until I achieve my goals, and I wouldn't be where I am today without it.
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
Nothing is ever as bad as it seems in that moment. When times are tough, trust that you'll come out stronger on the other end, and surround yourself with people who will make sure of it.
What motivates you most?
Challenges. When someone tells me I can't do something, or I find something really difficult, I push myself harder.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I'm secretly super anxious and have imposter syndrome. I also happen to be very outgoing, so it's easy to hide. I think we all have some level of anxiety or imposter syndrome — especially if you are in a career field you love and you're always trying to be better. It's something we don't talk about enough as humans (and especially as women), but it's real. It's also something you can put in the back of your mind by continuing to smash your goals and work hard.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I have always wanted to be a pediatrician. I love working with kids and the adrenaline beat of medicine is similar to journalism (with more intense deadline consequences).
Where do you find inspiration?
Mostly from my peers. I have met so many incredible women who are supportive and brilliant and are just doing the most innovative things. My husband is also a central source of inspiration for me. He's strong and level-headed, and the fact that he makes me feel like I can move mountains makes me think I can too.
More About Alexandra
Alexandra March is a journalist who works in the audience development space, where she focuses on creating the best experience for readers on email and other platforms. She has nearly a decade of experience in news gathering and reporting, audience development, editorial product strategy and content editing.
March occupies her time in New York City by baking, trying out new fitness routines and continuing on her quest to find the city's best cheeseburger.