This week was an exciting and productive one for me. My supervisor sent me on a trip to Lansing to visit the Ingham County Truancy Court and the Ingham Academy. During the process of creating our own truancy court, we have used Ingham as a model and idea for our end goal. The purpose of this trip was to conduct interviews and gather information about truancy procedures that could be useful to our budding program. The hour and a half drive was well worth it. I first was introduced to the supervisor of the Ingham County Family Court, who explained the basics of their truancy system.
Now that the main content of my current project is completed and I have checked to make sure that the education requirements for my topic have been met, I am onto my next steps for revision. I have corresponded with my supervisor and gone through multiple draft for this project. The next step is to implicate questions and interactive components to make sure that teens that are participating in the lessons are actually learning and taking away what they should. It is a way to assess that students can apply the information that they have been being presented with.
This week I have been writing a new article for the Women at Risk, International website. This one is international news, which is a nice change, since I normally write domestic news. The article is about the flooding in Peru, which has been especially bad this year, 94 people have already died wither from flooding or the mudslides that the rain causes. When I sent my rough draft to my supervisor she had hardly any changes for me to make this time. That made me feel really confident, like I was getting to know their house style better the more articles I write there.
These past few weeks have been pretty exciting at Women's LifeStyle—busy to say the least. I was given the chance to start a new section of the magazine called time for ten. On this page we ask female leaders in the community about 20 questions or so and publish the ten we think best represent their personality. Last week I interviewed Betsy Borden, owner of Peninsula Tranding Travel Gear. It was an absolute pleasure meeting her and visiting her store. I was inspired that she built this business on her own after having a long career as a sales rep.
What other new skills have you developed?
What have you done this week that makes you proud?
This overall experience has been extremely rewarding. I have loved every minute of it. I am very grateful that Grand Valley offers this course. At first, I was very terrified that the writing program required all of its participants to have an internship before graduating. I did not know where my future would lead me. However, I am extremely thrilled with the internship I had the privilege of obtaining. This experience has allowed me to be more prepared for my future outside of Grand Valley. That was another element that I was terrified for.
As graduation is quickly approaching, my (unofficial) second supervisor announced her retirement. We had grown close during my time there and it was shocking to find out she would be leaving soon after I would be. The retirement plans lead to conversations about transitioning in life and moving on to different things. It was interesting to hear that she was experiencing a lot of the same emotion that I was. More importantly she offered a lot of advice about having patience and confidence when it comes to looking for a job.
Interview writing is a form of writing in which, before this internship, I was not familiar with. I have never had to transcribe a conversation between two people and make an article out of the content that was provided within the context of the conversation. The majority of my writing has been solely a process within my own mind, my own thoughts and ideas. The concept of writing an interview article is a new idea in which I'm having to adjust. I'll have to find my own balance of how exactly I should approach it.