Sandy, quite the object lesson
Editor's note: We are sad to say that our illustrious intern, Shannon Proulx of Western Washington University, has left us to go back to school. Having an intern the past few months has not only been nice to lighten the workload around the normally two-man office, but it's made the workplace a lot more enjoyable. We hope you, the readers, enjoyed her too, since her work provided a new voice in the newspaper. This week, Shannon says 'sayonara' and reflects on her time in Sandy. It looks like you all left a very good impression on the La Center, Wash., native.
It seems like just yesterday when I came to Sandy in search of new journalistic experiences and opportunities.
Sandy has been good to me, and I wanted to take some time to thank all of those people who called, stopped by or wrote to me. Your encouragement and support has helped make my internship a memorable one. I have enjoyed all the feedback from my stories because it improves my writing to let me know what works and what doesn't.
From the moment I wrote my first introductory column, I have felt nothing but support from the town. Everyone is cooperative and makes it a point to return my calls and help in any way possible. When I talk to people around here, it almost feels like I'm talking to an old friend.
Coming to a new city and trying to integrate can be hard, but everyone I have come across in my journalism adventure has helped make me feel at home. The more I wrote stories and met new people, the more pleasing it was to see a familiar face and notice people reading my articles.
My time here has helped me learn more about what it takes to be a good writer. Although I have not written any awe-inspiring stories yet, I have been able to build on the foundations of good writing and learn about the small things that go into every story. Before this, the only experience I have had with journalism has been at school writing for the school newspaper, where I talk only to my peers. It has been useful for me to work with people outside of the school sphere and broaden my range of story topics and perspectives.
I have made some small mistakes along the way, such as including passive voice (a big journalism no-no), but becoming aware of those small errors has aided me tremendously.
As Gary Marshall said, 'It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.'
All in all, this has been an extremely beneficial stepping stone in my future aspirations of becoming a magazine journalist. Thanks again to everyone here who has encouraged and supported me during my internship here and helped me grow as a writer.
Oh, and the other guys here at the office are jealous that some folks brought me chocolate-chip cookie dough ice cream after reading my introduction article. So if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and show them some love as well. Garth is accepting only cash donations.
Good luck with that, Garth!