New grad gains hope, experience

by Lindsay Craven

Mydesire to live the life of a journalist began in high school. I havealways had a knack for writing, and when an opportunity to take ajournalism class arose, I went for it.

Themoment I first saw my name in print, I knew that this was what I wasmeant to do. While nothing I wrote in optimism from my earlyundergraduate years has been replaced with a dose of reality. Iwalked the stage in December and received a degree in journalism andadvertising and moved back into my childhood home the next day,unemployed and unsure of what the future would hold for me. Roughlyfive and a half months later I have finally found some hope in thedying medium of print. I accepted this internship with YES! Weekly witha new hope for my future in this business and I hope to walk away fromit with the confidence and ability to make a living as a writer when mytime here is through. In college I learned the basics ofjournalism: a headline, how to conduct an interview. The one thing myprofessors did not teach me, however, was how to find a job orinternship in this fiercely competitive industry. Now that I am workingwith YES! Weekly I hope that my educational gaps will be filled. Outsideof my worries and hopes about my future as a journalist, there areother things about me I suppose you should know. I am from the PilotMountain area, which means I make the hour-long trek to Greensboroalmost daily and have already seen my life flash before my eyes on I-40multiple times since I began. This also means that I have a lot tolearn about the big cities of the Triad, as I am accustomed to apopulation of roughly 1,500 and a community that basically shuts downat 9 p.m. My free time up till now was spent working at East Surry HighSchool as an English tutor for students in 9th and 10th grades. My jobhas been preparing them for their EOC testing and for the state writingtest. Through my time there I have learned two things: Teachers arethose days will ever find its way to the desk of a future employer, thetime did instill in me an intense love of writing and, through it, theruffling of feathers. I found a passion for calling out ouradministration, faculty and staff as well as my fellow students whenthey were not performing their jobs as I thought they should. Thispassion followed me to Appalachian State University, where I worked onthe student paper, The Appalachian, throughout my years there. I still love journalism. But some of the how to construct a news story, how to write among the noblest people on the planet; and I never wantto be a full-time teacher. The job of teaching our children andinstilling a love of learning is not an easy one, but our teachers puttheir hearts and souls into these efforts. Aside from my workas a tutor and my duties as an intern, I work as a volunteer in a freemedical clinic at Green Street United Methodist Church. This clinicallows anyone access to medical treatment from accredited doctors andalso provides them with medication and health counseling. While I haveheard some of the saddest stories during my time there, I have alsobeen inspired. Now that I have shared what I can about myselfI want to ask some favors of our readers. I need your help to becomethe best I can while I’m here, so I ask that you let me know what youexpect and want from me. When you think I am not living up to yourexpectations, let me know. When there is an event that is important toyou and your community that you think I should know about, tell me. Iam here for a learning experience and I know that the education that Ihope to get from this internship will not only come from my co-workers,but also from you. I look forward to my time here this summer and Ihope that I live up to the expectations of the paper as well as all ofyou.’ My e-mail is I look forward to hearing about you.