After going through what was quite an interesting first day, this summer has been a proverbial rollercoaster with horizons that I never knew were in my reach. The last twelve weeks were absolutely breezed away but there was no intention of mine to waste a single moment. I feel like Woody in Toy Story 3, since we all knew that this day was coming. At least it started with adorable puppies and kittens.
Kara Dixon asked me out for the last time and it was to Hampton, VA covering a story regarding The Virginia General Assembly and their approval of Medicaid Expansion. I have appreciated all of the car rides with her regurgitating seeds of wisdom into me. She has always asked me to go out with her on assignments, I never felt like a badger or that I had to beg for experience. I thank Adrienne Mayfield for giving me the confidence to keep going when it felt like I was insignificant. I thank Mark Kurtz & Typhanny Wiggins for their constant inclusion, Christine Williams for our mornings of clever banter, the newsroom department for embracing my presence, and everyone who I have had the pleasure to encounter with.
Don Roberts asked me what my next step is and that had me convicted thinking I was just going to start classes at Regent again. He advised me to get as many skills as possible along with jumping on any opportunity that comes along but to make my name known and remembered wherever I go. It would be amazing to get a job at WAVY right after graduation, the fastest hires are at the web desk because the digital world is expanding, but I need to be aware of my ability and work on my craft rather than beating myself up from comparing my progress to others’ success.
The biggest highlight of the day is that I finally got my blue polo! I was literally screaming when a lady in the Sales department helped me pick it out because this was more than just a shirt for me, it was validation that this opportunity was a reality for me and polo shirts are a significant keepsake of professionalism. I never got to be a part of student leadership at Regent (ResLife, Campus Ministries, etc.), I tried but I never made the cut, and it means the lot that a place in the outside world not only accepted me but appreciated and believed in my abilities to do this job.
I came in wanting to be a reporter, hoping to blend interpersonal communication with creative storytelling, and all of the experience & exposure here stirred my passion deeper alongside realizing what great of a village it takes to make broadcast news happen. It is definitely intimidating but internships were created to help people find their niche. I am incredibly grateful for Stephanie Cooke taking a chance on me.
With all of the sweat, tears, and effort put into this, it is my pleasure to announced that I have been dipped in the WAVY-TV 10 gravy. I cannot wait to see what is in store for me in this anxiety-filled mountain known as senior year. My time here is over for now but this is where it all begins.