I’ve made it to the last day. Through the long drives in the Monitor-Merrimac, the sleepless nights, the time missed with graduating friends, I did not know if I would make it. But I did and I’m glad for all of sacrifices I made in order to relish the opportunity that was given to me. Yes, this is even despite my constant complaints of being “too overworked.”
This internship experience is truly like no other and this past month has made this clear. This past month I began to shadow more and more individuals around WAVY 10, each one giving me the ins-and-outs of their specific positions.
In WAVY 10 style, every professional I had a chance to talk with treated me with respect and care, putting my education at the forefront, even despite their hectic schedules. Not only this, the information they did give was not only a detailed overview of their usual duties, but they also tailored the information and advice they gave to my career goals in particular. Even those I was not shadowing were willing to help and give any advice they could.
I hope when I reach that point in my career I am half as kind as those that I talked with.
I will say though, that I do regret not reaching out sooner. Going into this internship I knew I would struggle a lot with nerves of talking with professionals, of taking them out of their days and asking for advice. That’s part of the reason why I took the internship in the first place, to grow that part of me, as it is vital to my success as a journalist. And while I wish that growth happened sooner, I did grow immensely in that regard. Leaving this internship, I know now that I am capable of speaking out and I will do this in the future.
More than this, I know I would not change a single thing. Even despite my complaints and my small regrets I know that the experience I had has given me so much knowledge, confidence and skills, and I don’t know if it could have happened in any other way.
I am so thankful for my time here.
The only thing I have left to say is, “what’s next?”