I'm having a hard time keeping up with these blogs in the mess of everything else going on in my life. It's really interesting have to keep one of these about the work I am doing, but it does make sense. This last week, and into this week, I have been working on editing highlights of the podcast! I'm not doing anything fancy, but now that we've got an introduction, we thought it would be a great idea to have clips from the show that are interesting, insightful, or just plain funny.
The internship has been going good still. I am continuing the revision process of a grant we are currently working on and also drafted guidelines and notes about what should go into grant proposals from a workshop that I attended with the nonprofit's founder. I learned a lot from the grant writing workshop. It really helped me understand all of the components of writing a grant proposal and the different aspects I need to consider when drafting a grant.
I really enjoyed this reading. It was very reassuring and eye opening. It really helped me view my internship experience in a different way. I have reached that stage in my internship where I am obsessively emailing and checking any new developments within the company. Perfectionism has always been a fault of mine, and this reading really helped me reevaluate that part of myself.
Recent developments in my internship have been occurring, but at a rather slow pace. Currently, I am working on a raffle for the company that deals with not only ordering the prizes, but printing off cards and shipping out the prizes myself. This has deemed itself to be somewhat challenging, as I do not possess a car. However, I am working to the best of my ability to get the required elements done before the deadline that my brother has provided for me. I have also finished another marketing project which involved analyzing scripts for a video campaign the company is doing.
The most recent development in this internship is the addition of criticisms for me personally. Balancing this internship with work and other school responsibilities has been a really big challenge for me this semester, and it's something I've come to realize that I need to work on. The main criticism that I have received is about my timeliness for assignments and also projects that I am required to complete. This has not come as much from the internship site, as much as it has come from the internship class.
Lately my biggest concern with my internship is a general quality of becoming slightly burnt out. This semester has been a difficult one for me, because I've hardly been stretched any thinner before. I'm working two jobs and doing the internship, on top of my last couple of classes. I put in about 50 hours a week just to show up to all of those things, so that's not including all the stuff I have to do outside of work/school hours, as well as extracurricular obligations like fishladder or the Grand Valley Journal of History.
Working for the Grand Valley Lanthorn has allowed me to develop skills in the writing field that I might not have otherwise and that will help me market myself in the job search. Other than the obvious of learning journalistic writing and AP Style, working for the Lanthorn has taught me how to better work with writers.
This week I have been feeling a little overwhelmed. I was to write an article on table etiquette and while the phone interview went very well, I was having the hardest time actually writing.
In my mind, the article was going to be a lot of fun facts and quite upbeat but it was something very different than what I expected. I was late to turn it in because I was so stuck. I'm not sure if it was because of writer's block or because I was confused with the kind of content I got.
Working here has given me better insight on how my major fits in with the world at large and what might be expected of me in the future. Writing has a lot of practical uses, but what's expected of you can vary a lot based on where you find work.
I think what's most commonly expected, though, is that a writer be detail-oriented. The expectation for us seems to be that we're finicky. And employers seem to prefer that and seek that out. We're meant to be meticulous and intrinsically driven to iron out flaws.
This week I wrapped up the usability testing I’ve been planning for a while, and I got very nervous about it. Between having some anxiety issues to begin with, plus caffeine that morning, I was absolutely positive that everything was going to go wrong. I was convinced that the people I’d asked to come in for the test would forget or would have something else come up, or that the test wasn’t up to the standards of my supervisor, that the technology wouldn’t work; I came up with every possible scenario in which the test could backfire on an epic level.