Who would have thought that after a simple email enquiring about Scotcampus needing writers, I’d actually be offered an interview to take on an internship? Not me, that’s for sure. My life prior consisted of hounding various publications and telling them about how wonderful I was in the hopes of gaining some hands-on, practical experience in an office environment. And as you can probably guess what with me writing this, I got just that.
Pre-internship nerves were dispelled after a chat about my ideas with Mike, the lovely editor here at Scotcampus. After being assured that my ideas weren’t actually complete drivel and could go somewhere I was told I’d be beginning in two weeks. Two weeks felt like sufficient time to have a quick freak out over whether I could handle it or not. As it turns out, I could!
I arrived to the building only to meet the wonderful lift men, George and Robert, the loveliest people possibly to ever exist. So with my stomach fluttering and hands shaking, I entered the office to meet the rest of the team. They didn’t tell me to go away and get tea. No, instead they showed me to my desk, ran through a quick recap of my ideas and got me to work on my first opinion piece for the site.
I wasn’t the only new kid however as I started with the new wonderful assistant editor, Amy so that helped ease the nerves a bit. As I got back into the flow of writing, I found myself bubbling over with ideas. But it was all okay as the team were always around to calm me down a bit and talk through what ideas could be turned into a feature.
A lot of those ideas tended to be opinion pieces such as Hollywood Probably Hates You and Is Halloween Offensive? I also tried to give the literature section some love with my 10 Reasons We’re All The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Unexpected Lessons From My Favourite Childhood Books. I even branched out of my comfort zone and wrote an Album of the Week piece on the beautiful EP by Frances and it wasn’t awful. Hurrah!
Amongst my writing, rambling and whinging I’ve learnt a lot. Firstly, that I CAN still write. The fear was real for a while. Secondly, that I am capable of writing an album review, something I was very anxious about trying. And finally, that Scotcampus are lovely and you should all come and intern for them. Yes you, right now! Go on, do it. And cherish it, before you know it, it’ll all be over and you’ll be sitting here sniffling as I am currently.
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