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University Press of Florida

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Currently, I'm an intern at the University Press of Florida, which is a scholarly and trade publishing house in Gainesville, FL. I work in the editorial department, so I spend the majority of my time proofreading and editing manuscripts. I think my favorite part of the job is taking someone's words and finding a way to make them better. I love when a small change in a single word transforms the flow of an entire sentence.

Since we are a university press, the majority of the work we publish is educational. While some might consider this a bit dry, I really enjoy it because I'm constantly learning new things. I am a big fan of random facts. I spend more time than I'd care to admit reading the most obscure information I can find, so it's been really fun for me to be able to combine all of my favorite things into a single workday.

I'm really fascinated by the process a book goes through from being just an idea to becoming a tangible item on a shelf. Interning at UPF has given me the opportunity to see the entire process and I've really enjoyed that. I think the greatest gain for me from this experience has been a sense of relief. I can say that I want to work for a publishing house until I'm blue in the face, but now I know for a fact that this is definitely what I want to do with my life. And the idea that I can one day work on the books that I enjoy reading is amazing to me.

First Year Florida

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I also teach an introductory class at the University of Florida called First Year Florida. I work with my students on the adjustment to college life. This is my second semester teaching and I'm really happy with the experience. I think my favorite part is fostering relationships with the students. I plan one-on-one lunches with all of them so they have a chance to meet with me outside of the formality of the classroom. In high school, I briefly toyed with the idea of becoming an English teacher, so it's been a fun experience to get in the classroom in the role of the instructor instead of the student.