I never thought I'd make it to New York City. To tell the truth it always seemed like an unattainable pipe dream. A South Florida girl alone in the big city all by herself? It was a Sex and the City episode not my "real world".
And then Good Housekeeping Magazine called...
And it turned out they wanted to offer me this incredible internship opportunity in the city. Needless to say I was ecstatic!
I almost hyperventilated when I walked into the building for the first time. I was lucky enough that the train that stopped outside of the 1-bedroom apartment I shared with three girls stopped right outside of Hearst. This made it easy to get to work on time and I was a pro at navigating the subways in no time.
My summer spent hovered over my computer screen (A Mac when I'm a PC!) plugging in codes in what was, at the time, a foreign language was a learning experience I would recommend to every student journalist. Nothing like throwing yourself into something you've never done before to really learn. I mastered Magnus, Hearst's content management system, that summer and learned enough basic xhtml to really think I'm capable of anything. Uploading content to the Web site was eventually a no-brainer.
The Gainesville Sun
I'm currently interning at the Gainesville Sun and every day is an adventure. As the student Senate reporter I cover the Student Senate beat on a rushed deadline every Tuesday night. I also write about three to five stories for the daily edition a week. It's keeping me busy but I wouldn't have it any other way.