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Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I can’t believe that this week marks my fourth week at The Dallas Morning News. It seems as if March flew by and April (and my birthday) is just around the corner. Time seriously waits for no one.

I’m really enjoying my internship and everyone at the office is extremely friendly, especially my mentor. So far I’ve had four stories published and I am currently working on five more! Things have been going pretty smoothly and I am adjusting to living by myself since my mom left last Saturday 😦

In my spare time I’ve been applying for jobs and learning how to navigate the city. I even left my apartment this weekend! As I’ve mentioned before, my dad has a childhood friend who lives in Fort Worth and he has a daughter who’s my age that goes to Midwestern State University. She was home for Spring Break last week and we hung out on Saturday. I had a great time and I’m proud of myself for driving to Fort Worth!

In addition to making a friend, I recently found out that I am a finalist for a Hearst Journalism Fellowship! I applied for the two-year fellowship back in January and I can’t believe I was selected as one of 14 finalists! I will be traveling to Houston in April to interview with the selection committee. If I’m selected as a fellow I will spend one year working full-time at a Hearst newspaper and another year working at a different Hearst paper. After completion of the fellowship I would “graduate” and most likely be hired by Hearst. The fellowship would give me so much experience and prepare me for a full-time position at any newspaper. Even if I’m not selected as a fellow, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. I am also very thankful to all my instructors at the Cronkite School and mentors at my previous internships. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their instruction and without the support from my parents.

I leave for Houston just two days after my 22nd birthday so April is going to be an exciting month. Wish me luck! 🙂

Welcome to Life After Grad

It’s been roughly 8 weeks since I graduated college and I still feel like a student since I’ve been working on campus for the past month.

As of now, life after graduation has been both fun and stressful. It’s nice to not have to deal with classes and tests and still have the freedom of not being tied down by a full-time job. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to be truly independent and support myself financially but at the same time I just want to relax all day. But if that’s the case, why did I spend 3.5 years at ASU? Sure it’s nice to have a degree but shouldn’t I want to do something with my degree?

In just two weeks I’m moving to Dallas to start a three-month internship with the Dallas Morning News. I’m excited to see a new city and experience new things but at the same time I would be happy just staying at home and working for the Arizona Republic (*hint hint*). I’m also kind of scared to intern away from home again (I interned with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in the summer of 2013). Being away from my parents and friends is not fun but it’s something I’ll need to get accustomed to.

The fact that I’m so scared about Dallas made me realize how scared I am for the real world. What if they hire me? I’ve moved around so much in my life that I just want to stay put for awhile. Working in a city that’s 1,000 miles away from home does not sound appealing. A lot of my classmates and other Cronkite graduates have accepted job positions in other states and I know that most likely I won’t be able to work in the Phoenix metropolitan area after I finish my internship. It’s also weird to think of life without Spring Break, Christmas Break, Summer Break etc. Working without a three-month break in between sounds brutal.

I decided to start blogging in order to detail my random thoughts and emotions during this transition period and also to track my progress. In the coming weeks and months I expect to be overcome with numerous emotions that might be difficult to process at times. I’m going to have to make difficult decisions that will have a great impact on my life and I want to look back at this and realize how far I’ve come and how far I still need to go.

Here’s to life after grad.