I always like to try to broaden my vocabulary and today I was feeling overwhelmed. So I decided to look up synonyms for this wonderful state I was in, and “tada” there it was.
Frazzled: noun, pronounced fraz-uh ld
1. the state of being frazzled or worn-out.
2. to become exhausted physically or emotionally.
This was my way of bringing a little humor to the stressful state I have been in.
School has officially begun, along with the rest of my life, and it seems as if I’m just not ready for it. It’s about that time in the semester when I have to start turning in papers, taking exams/quizzes, and anything else you could dream up.
As I was finishing up the ‘Happenings’ section for Indianapolis Woman, I realized writing upcoming events that included: who, what, when, where, why and how, was somewhat monotonous and time consuming. Although, to be clear, I am in no way complaining. I am appreciative of every opportunity that is given to me.
Recently, I’ve been working on the ‘Enhancing You’ section for the March issue. I am enjoying it; it is a lot more exciting than other things I am used to writing about. I get to talk about botox, liposuction, hair replacement, facelifts, basically all types of body contouring. I get to interview with many doctors or surgeons with an abundance of information to offer.
At first, I was somewhat uncomfortable with doing interviews over the phone, but now after doing more than enough, it is almost second nature. I am starting to learn what works, what doesn’t, the easiest way to obtain information and much more.
Recently, the hardest thing for me to has been how to write my articles as if I was speaking (i.e adapting a conversational tone). I have learned it is a much better way for the reader to connect with what they are reading. Shari, the editor-in-chief, explained it to me like this, “write as if you are talking to your best friend.” After that it made much more sense, and I feel like I am getting better.
Overall although the last week indeed has had me frazzled, not to get confused with defeated, I have learned a lot and gained many experiences I wouldn’t have had without this opportunity.
I am more than excited to see how much my writing will transform by the end of my internship. One of my favorite quotes, that keeps me going, from good ole’ Abe Lincoln, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” When I say this to myself repeatedly, I always find a way to push forward.
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by Crystal Abrell