During “welcome week” of my senior year, one of the last things I would have expected to do would be to wake up at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning and interview a source for an article I was writing. As the lady and I laughed about how it would be so nice to be sitting on the couch again as a child watching cartoons, I realized that I am finally growing up.
At one point in high school, my professor called us adults, and I argued that although most of us had turned 18, none of us were yet adults. We lived with our parents, we didn’t pay our bills, we didn’t have real jobs and we most certainly didn’t act mature, although sometimes we thought we did. I told him that I personally wouldn’t be an adult until I graduated college.
I think I may have grown up faster than I thought I would. Instead of waking up on a Saturday, rolling out of bed at noon and eventually maybe doing some of my homework before Sunday arrived, I am waking up to interviews and writing. Instead of “creeping” on Facebook as soon as I venture out of my bed, I check my e-mail to be sure that my source didn’t cancel on me or to see if I have any new assignments.
By now, you have probably realized that I’m the new fall intern for Indianapolis Woman and St. Louis Woman. Although I just started I can already tell that I am going to love this semester. It’s my final semester at Indiana University and my busiest yet, but even my friends are making comments like, “You really do love to write don’t you?” And I answer with a smile and a nod. I just hope everyone else loves my writing as well.
With my first deadline coming up, I am quite terrified. So many people are relying on me: Rebecca, the managing editor; my sources and, most importantly, the loyal magazine readers. I’m not worried about my classes –– I’ve made it this far. I’m used to them. I’ll do fine. I’m not worried about having time for the internship either. I already love it! In between classes, instead of doing last-minute reading or just wasting time surfing the Web, I’m trying to squeeze in a phone interview. I’m just hoping that I can meet –– if not exceed -- everyone’s expectations. I don’t want to let anyone down.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009