The first column I ever wrote said that I’m exploring my options. I can’t help but be truthful and say that I still am. But, as my internship at The Grayson County News-Gazette comes to a close, I think that my exploration is getting easier. I’ve successfully explored a career that remains an open - and now, with experience under my belt - major possibility for me.
The reason why people recommend college students take internships is to build up their resumés and gain experience in their field of study. As a current English major with an emphasis in writing, being an intern at The Grayson County News-Gazette was a great opportunity for me to gain writing experience.
And write I have. Whether it be a column piece or a news article, seeing my word in print brings me a thrill. Of course, having the community I was born and raised in reading my words can be nerve-wracking, but it’s still exhilarating nonetheless.
This internship improved more than my writing skills, I gained interview skills as well. Interviewing for a story can be difficult, if you’re not used to it. That’s where practice comes in. You have to prepare yourself, know what questions you need to ask to gain information, and most of all, you have to know how to talk to people you’ve probably never met before. Through practice and experience, I feel more comfortable interviewing now. I also feel like my communications skills have improved, a skill helpful in any career path I choose, and life in general.
I am so grateful that I was given this opportunity. I’ve learned so much about how a newspaper is run and took a peek into how a reporter’s job is done. It is very interesting, and I have enjoyed working with The Grayson County News-Gazette staff, who keep bringing Grayson County news stories twice a week. It has given me a new perspective, new experiences and new skills that will help me in future jobs to come.