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! 🙂


One Week Down

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Whenever you think of something in terms of “one week” does the Barenaked Ladies song pop in your head? Well it does for me. Anyways…

Today marks the end of my first full week at The Dallas Morning News and my first week in Dallas. The drive into Dallas last Friday was a bit stressful. There are so many freeway interchanges and WAY too much construction! As soon as we entered El Paso (my childhood home for 7 years) we were surrounded by pick-up trucks. I guess everything really is bigger in Texas. Texan drivers are a bit…dangerous for a lack of better words. If you don’t pay close attention, you might get run over. About an hour or two outside of the Dallas city limits my parents and I encountered a drunk driver. The experience was scary but luckily we made it safely and no one was hurt.

It’s been an interesting seven days to say the least, especially in terms of the weather. If you follow me on any social media outlet you may have seen me freaking out about the sleet, snow, freezing rain and freezing temperatures on Sunday the 2nd. After living on the West Coast the majority of my life I haven’t had to deal with severely “cold” weather (although I think anything below 65 degrees is cold). When I moved into my apartment on the first of the month the temperatures were in the high 70s, low 80s. Yay! But then, a winter weather advisory appeared. Temperatures were expected to plunge 50 degrees overnight. My parents and I stayed in all day Sunday (with the exception of my dad going to get some more groceries. Thanks Dad!) because of the awful weather. The roads were icy and outside was no place to be. All of our plans were ruined. We didn’t get to drive by the office or visit one of my father’s childhood friends in Fort Worth.

Temperatures started to warm up for my first day on Monday but it was still pretty cold at a “toasty” 30 degrees. Luckily, my parents accompanied me to the office and my dad drove me to work. I met a lot of people in the office, got settled in at my desk and filled out some paperwork with HR. My parents and I were also able to visit my dad’s friend. On Tuesday, I drove myself to work with my dad in the passenger seat. I met my mentor and got assigned my first story. My dad drove back to Scottsdale on Wednesday and my mom is staying with me until next Saturday. On Thursday, I interviewed the founder of a tech startup for a story that should run in the paper on Sunday the 16th. My mentor is profiling two companies and I’m profiling one, therefore the story will have a double byline.

First day of internship!

Since Wednesday I’ve been driving to work by myself and even to the grocery store. Slowly but surely I am learning the enigma that is Dallas. On Sunday, my mother and I are going to visit The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. I can’t wait. It’s hard to believe that I live and work so close to such an important piece of history.

It was a great and busy first week and boy am I ready for the weekend!

Oh. Just in case you started to have a Barenaked Ladies craving I’ve got your back.

TTFN – Ta Ta For Now

Today is my last day in Arizona for at least 12 weeks.

Even though I’ve had roughly three months to prepare it seems as if this internship just snuck up on me. It’s hard to believe that I’ll be thrust into the workforce on Monday. I feel as if I didn’t have enough time to say goodbye to some of my closest friends but I did the best I could. After a series of heartfelt goodbyes it was time to prepare for the next chapter in my life. Right now I need to focus on packing and getting everything together for this expensive endeavor.

When I interned in Milwaukee things were much simpler. I was lucky enough to be able to rent a room from a woman who dealt strictly with female students and interns. The room was furnished and rent included cable, water and electric. The hunt for a place to live in Dallas wasn’t so easy. I ended up renting an apartment for three months and unlike my place in Milwaukee, the apartment didn’t come furnished.  I had to set up cable and rent my own furniture. I’m glad to have a place of my own but it definitely came with a high price. I’m very thankful to have my parents’ emotional and financial support because without them this move wouldn’t be possible.

My journey starts tomorrow. At approximately 8:30am my parents and I will begin our 15 hour trek to Dallas. We are going to make a pit stop in El Paso (we lived there from 1996-2003) and leave for Dallas on the 28th. I’ll move into my new apartment on Saturday the 1st and start interning on Monday the 3rd. My dad’s going to drive back on Tuesday and my mother will be staying with me until the 15th to help me settle in.

I’m not too thrilled about all this but I think once I get there I’ll feel a little better.

See you soon Dallas.