By Christine Zopf
In May 2012 my parents informed me of an ad for a summer intern at The Town and Country Gazette, knowing it would interest me. Although I would be gone most of the summer due to traveling, I took a chance and called for an interview. Apparently, traveling to a foreign country for three weeks gave me an edge, along with a lot of interesting stories to tell when I arrived home, and I landed the internship. Three days a week, I would come into the office for three hours to write and work on various projects assigned to me.
So here I am, at the end of August with only three days left of my internship before school starts, reflecting on all I’ve accomplished in the past two months. I’ve written eight personal editorials, along with other miscellaneous articles that have already been printed, or will be coming out in upcoming issues. I’ve learned what a Press Release is, and how to create an interesting and attention grabbing picture caption. Most importantly, I’ve learned that I really do have passion for journalism and writing.
As a senior in high school, it’s important for me to know what I want to do with my future. When I had finally decided that I would major in journalism, I solely based it off of my love of English class and literature, and my dislike of sciences and mathematics. I had never been apart of the school newspaper or taken the Introduction to Journalism class my high school offers. Now, after interning for two months, I am positive that journalism is the correct career choice for me. After my senior year, I plan to attend IUP, as long as I get accepted this fall, and major in journalism and minor in creative writing. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll write a book. I’d rather dream big and fail, that doubt myself and always wonder “what if.”
Once school starts, I’m going to miss interning at the Gazette. I’ve never had a day where I didn’t want to come into the office, even if I do have to wake up at 7 a.m. in the summer. If anything, I would have enjoyed being here every weekday, not just Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
While here at the Gazette, I’ve been able to find my voice, writing wise, and be creative without worrying about harsh judgment. I’ve been able to branch out and experiment with my writing. Even though I had never interviewed someone, or written a profile, I’ve somehow been able to do it without much effort. I’ll remember my time here fondly, and look back on what I did here with pride. It was my first step forward toward my future in journalism.