It’s hard to believe that today marks my end of my 12th week at The Dallas Morning News. I’ve been in Dallas for almost 3 months. It seems like just yesterday I was at home in Scottsdale freaking out about the weeks ahead and packing up my belongings. I feel like I just moved into my apartment and my mom just left.
Now, I’ve had 15 articles published, met the CEO of Nordstrom (my favorite department store) and interviewed the CEO of Spanx. I wrote my first earnings story (yes it’s just as awful as it sounds) and learned about the vibrant startup community in Dallas. I celebrated my 22nd birthday with my family and closest friends and went to Houston and interviewed for the Hearst Journalism Fellowship. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the fellowship but I’m honored that I was one of fourteen finalists.
Three months ago I thought today would be the day I was packing my bags yet again and moving back home to Scottsdale. Instead, I got the exciting news that my internship was extended for another ten weeks! That’s right, I’ll be in the Big D until the end of July. I know it sounds silly, but this exciting news made me a little sad. I was looking forward to going back to Scottsdale and reuniting with my parents and seeing my friends (I’m already looking at flights home for the Fourth of July as I write this).
I’m also happy that my editors and the internship coordinator really wanted to keep me here past the 12 weeks I was allotted. It’s nice to know that they enjoy my work and that they believe I am a great addition to both the paper and the business section. I’ve gotten close to many of my coworkers and I’m glad I don’t have to leave them just yet. Initially, I wasn’t even sure I was going to get the extension and it was looking like there wasn’t enough money in the paper’s budget to keep me here. But the journalism gods found a way to keep me here and I am forever grateful.
These next 10 weeks I’m going to push myself more than I already have and I’m sure I’ll have an extremely rewarding time at the paper. I’m also excited that I’ll be able to meet the other summer interns and participate in the internship activities. But now, I’m going to relax and enjoy this wonderful three-day weekend.
I hope you’ll do the same.