Internships open a world of opportunities
By DAISY MOON / Staff Writer
In the tenth-grade, I decided I was destined to be the next Katie Couric.
Of course, at that time I was in a small high school with a graduating class of twenty. I had no idea a world of extreme competition existed.
When I got to the University of Montevallo to begin my mass communication degree, I realized that broadcasting was not the path for me. With all of the beautiful students that surrounded me, I felt there was no way I could compete.
Because I had always enjoyed writing and had an obvious interest in the news, I chose to pursue a degree in journalism instead.
For the past four years, I have written more news stories than I can count and have slowly learned the writing style of a journalist.
Last fall, when I finally reached my senior year of college, I embarked on a quest to find an internship in my field, with the hopes of someday landing my dream job.
After contacting several places, I eagerly awaited a call-back for an interview, sure that no one could possibly want me.
All my fears were alleviated when I was offered not only one, but two internships.
I remember sitting in class one day, when I received a call from Ashley Vansant. Immediately, I left the room and listened as he told me that the Shelby County Reporter had an opening for an intern.
I jumped at the opportunity.
The day after I returned from Christmas break, I began my internship.
Even though I had written numerous stories in my classes, I knew that this would be different. This was the real thing.
I was immediately given two assignments and have been busy cranking out stories ever since.
My time at the Reporter has been a great learning experience that I never could have gotten in a classroom.
Because I have always thrived off chaos, the exciting and demanding environment of a budding journalist has been the greatest job I could ask for.
As my time at the Reporter comes to a close, I am sad to leave not only this newspaper but the state of Alabama as well.
As I move on to other job opportunities, I will always remember the little town of Columbiana and will be grateful to the Reporter for getting me on the right track.
Daisy Moon is a senior at the University of Montevallo and an intern at the Shelby County Reporter