This summer, I was lucky enough to spend my time interning as a reporter here at the Herald Democrat and in the two months I’ve worked here, I’ve probably learned more than I have in a year’s worth of college and I met some pretty wonderful people in the process.
When I started my first day here, I came in and had a slew of names, information, and instructions thrown at me. I was completely overwhelmed. I went home, cried, and told my dad that there was no way I was good enough do this job and I was in way over my head. But within the first week of working here and with the patient help from the wonderful people I work with, I had two stories on the front page of the newspaper, had interviewed the mayor of Sherman, received my very own business cards with my name printed on them, and was thoroughly enjoying coming to work every day.
One of the most important things that I have learned here is that Journalism, which is my major at school, is actually something I want to do as a career. I have been interested in the field for as long as I can remember, but I had never stepped foot into a newsroom until I started this job and everything about the last two months has affirmed that I made the right choice for myself when I decided that this was what I wanted to do with my life. I love writing, I love interacting with people, and I’m excited that I’ve been able to find something that I think will make me happy to be a part of.
I can’t explain how thankful I’ve been for this opportunity to be a part of this paper, which is so important to the community that I grew up in and how thankful I am to all the great people I’ve worked with for their patience and willingness to work with me, and for also putting so much faith into a 19-year-old girl with only one year of college under her belt.
In a few days, I’ll pack up my room again and head down to Texas State to start my sophomore year in college and I will definitely be taking everything I’ve learned from this job and the excitement I have for the profession with me!