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By Jennifer Corbett
Sun Summer Intern
It’s August now, and students across the country are preparing to start school. As they start a new chapter in their life, I’m closing one of mine.
Since May, I’ve been interning at The Lebanon Enterprise and The Springfield Sun. It’s crazy thinking back to my first day in my apartment.
My friend told me that when I got to sleep that first night I would hear every single creek and noise coming from the building. And she was right. I had never noticed it before, but once I turned out the lights to go to sleep, it felt like someone was going to pop through the door at any moment. For a moment, I actually thought that through one of the doors would be my parents and my dog just waiting for me. But they weren’t there.
Now, almost 10 weeks later, those sounds have disappeared and it’s easy for me to fall asleep at night without feeling like I’m in a haunted house.
I also remember the nerves I felt on my first day at both newspapers. I wondered if I was saying the right things, wearing the right outfit, talking when I was supposed to talk and trying to act like I wasn’t incredibly nervous.
But that feeling soon went away. I felt so comfortable at both of these newspapers and I truly felt like a member of the staff. It felt cool talking to sources and saying “Hello my name is Jennifer Corbett and I’m an intern at the Lebanon Enterprise/ Springfield Sun.”
I felt like such a grown up.
I feel like I’ve matured so much during my experience. I had to deal with only having 12 TV channels to choose from, which going from having about 500 at home was pretty difficult. I’ve budgeted my own money and paid bills on time without any help from my parents.
When I went grocery shopping, it wasn’t so much about what I wanted, but rather about what I needed.
I learned how to go to bed at a decent time every night without feeling completely dead in the morning. I even watched the news in the morning as compared to watching cartoons like I have been doing my whole life.
I brown bagged it almost every day and have eaten more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches than I have probably ever had, drank more caffeine than I probably should and tried my hardest to not divulge my sweet tooth all the time.
I didn’t have my friends or family around throughout this whole process. I was alone and an adult out on my own.
I learned how to be independent. At both places, I was given my own desk. My editors told me my assignments and it was up to me to finish it in a timely manner. I didn’t have them looking over me to check up on my every second.
Now, I am a procrastinator, and I do get distracted easily — it happens. I’m a student, and every now and then doodle in class just to take my mind off the class for a few moments. At school I would wait until the last minute to do all my schoolwork, which did include me only getting four hours of sleep one night. I learned to just get it done early instead of just having it hang over your shoulders. It creates a lot less stress.
This internship has been rough at times, but it’s a part of life, and heck, I’m ready to take the bull by its horns.
Now I’m going into my senior year of college, drawing one step closer to closing this chapter of my life. It’s been a great ride and I’m sad to see it coming to close. Though I do admit I am excited for what the future has in store for me.
As Taylor Swift put it, “Tomorrow is a mystery, but that’s OK… I’ll be strong, I’ll be wrong, but life goes on. Oh I’m just a girl trying to find a place in this world.”