My run as an intern
The frustration came from the lack of free time in my summer days. Working up to 35 hours at the local Kohlís and juggling phone calls from few who didnít respond in a timely fashion each week, I questioned why I ever wanted to write for a newspaper on my vacation when I could take that time to work on my tan.
But it was those members of the community who welcomed ďthe internĒ with open arms and spoke to me as if I wasnít 19 years old. From showing me around their workplace to communicating effectively with me, I thank you for making my job a little bit easier.
What Iíve learned is procrastination always doesnít work out in my favor; it leads to more stress and a bad attitude. My interviewing skills have gotten stronger because I am no longer afraid to pick up my cell phone and cold call a stranger. Iíve also written stories faster than I ever thought I could. Instead of staring at my computer screen and writing one sentence every few minutes, the ideas are flowing to write polished stories. I also learned how to lay out the paper a little bit, which will come in handy when I work with my college newspaper. Iím pretty excited to take these skills away from my internship.
But I owe it all to a wonderful mentor who always gave me the praise I needed. I can agree to her stature as a highly acclaimed journalist in the area. Sheís quite the character and showed me everything beyond writing news stories, from going to the police station to board meetings to being a professional with the community. Thank you, Jennifer Lysiak.