Ebbs and Flows of Internship Expectation

When I first began my internship at GLCL my expectations were very low. My dream was simple- I would coordinate a small reading series for the summer at the Writer’s Hub similar to the reading series that I coordinate on campus. When I met with Roni, we discussed a lot of room for growth at GLCL, and though I had fun dreaming up different ideas for forward movement at GLCL, I didn’t expect myself to keep accomplish some of the larger scale goals we created when we met in April.

Focusing in on Reality

As far as the Stages of Transition go I've definitely experienced all of them at some point during my academic career. When you're starting off everything seems possible. You're living off of praise you had growing up that you are this sensational writing and, duh, this major is the perfect fit, and this career path is the perfect fit! At least that's how it went for me. All you see is the shinny expectation but then you have to be real with yourself, and your abilities and actualize the dream phase.

The Transition

Anson and Forsberg really focus on the stages that writing stages go through when transitioning from writing in a class setting to writing in a real-world business setting. They go through experiments focusing on the difference in audience, language, and content that the new intern now has to deal with. The biggest changes in writing that a student has to deal with. They define the transitions into different stages. The expectant stage, the disorientation stage, and the transition and resolution stage. These stages for me, are most likely very different from others.

Real World Expectations

Anson and Forsberg cover a number of reactions that they observed in their study that students experience during the transition from classroom to workplace. One of the points I've been connecting to is the idea of expectations versus reality in the work setting. Generally speaking I try to to have too many expectations when I'm going into any unknown, but it's impossible to be completely blank when you have a specific knowledge base and background. Some of the students in the study talk about feeling bewildered or shocked by the differences in their classroom and workplace experiences.

Think of the Five Stages of Grief

Anson and Forsberg’s stages of transition make sense to me, if only from personal observation—not even necessarily of myself.

Renewing Passion and Further Projects

Recently, I got to visit the site of my internship and it was a fantastic experience. I will admit that not having to specifically work at location is convenient, but seeing the place that my work is for (for a second time) makes the experience that much more substantial. Myself and the other intern visited the Carol's Ferals facility in order to look around and conduct a meeting with some of its members.

The Disorientation Stage

The main point of the experiment was to explore the challenges writers face when transitioning from academic writing to professional writing. Specifically, they wanted to find out how the writers adapt when it comes to audience, language, and context. instead of the experiment showing several different transition experiences, Anson and Forsberg found that each intern went through three distinct stages. The stages include expectation, disorientation, and transition and revolution.

Transitioning from College to the "Real World"

The ‘experiment’ with the English and Journalism majors in writing related internships in Anson and Forsberg’s “Moving Beyond the Academic Community” discussed many of the difficulties in transferring from writing in academia to writing in the professional world and how a sense of illiteracy can be found in the new writers because they have not yet learned the proper context in which to write.

So Comedy's Hard

I have three articles to write this week because I refused to give up on this three week old idea for an article about how students should learn to fight back against their helicopter parents the way the Viet Cong fought the US Air Cavalry. While my editor did not agree that it was the best idea ever or that I should spend my time writing it, I argued enough for it and made her laugh so it is officially a due any time I choose to write it.

Workshop Classes to Web Marketing

Reading about Anson and Forsberg's description of the stages of transitioning into a professional writing workplace was very comforting to me personally. I definitely identify with stage two: Disorientation. It's frustrating to go from the classroom setting, where we have constant check-ins and instruction before submitting a piece of writing to be graded, to a work environment that feels much more sink-or-swim.


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