Standing apprehensively outside Caffé Nero in St Enoch’s Square, I kicked myself. How can someone be expected to recognise another person, having never met them before and with nothing but a name to go on? I don’t exactly stand out from the crowd. I should have worn a yellow rose. Or a massive neon sign.
Suited and booted I stood shaking (it was cold, alright), prepared to meet Mike, Scotcampus’ maverick editor, to discuss joining them for a few weeks. So when he rocked up in a cardi, I was pleasantly surprised! Having worked in newsrooms before, I’m used to journalists hammering on keyboards and running ragged, faces like doom and ties being ripped free of necks in stress. I breathed easy. Until, that is, Mike plied me with coffee. Then I was back on tenterhooks, nerves a-jangle, as I anxiously pitched myself and my proposed articles.
But I needn’t have worried. The office was one of the most chilled work environments imaginable. Mike was cool as a cucumber, witty, chatty and enthusiastic about my ideas. Amy was sweet and clever and Louise, creative and hilarious. Everyone is encouraged to voice opinions and no idea is a stupid one.
Mike is the go-to man for ideas and he is so bursting full of them himself you can practically see ideas floating in the air around him! I went in with thoughts of my own, hoping to get a feature or two under my belt. Before I knew it, my to-do list was as long as my arm and I was bagging gig tickets and band interviews, press film screenings and opinion pieces. (Look out for these in the upcoming December/January magazine!) Soon I was getting feedback on my work that (I hope) has made me a better writer,
If I’m honest, I had become somewhat disenchanted in the past year or so with the idea of being a journalist. All I’ve wanted to do since I was 16 years old was write and then something changed. I don’t know what it was, but something did and suddenly I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. But interning with Scotcampus, getting to speak to interesting people and being in a positive, creative space with people who seem to genuinely love what they are doing and who want you to do well, has given me inspiration.
It’s given me the boost I need and I have now decided, finally, that I want to work in media. I love to write and hopefully that is what I will end up doing, and that is all thanks to Scotcampus. They are one of the nicest, most encouraging groups of people I have ever met and it was a pleasure to spend three weeks with them. I’d spend longer there if I were allowed and I will continue to contribute for sure.
Scotcampus is a great place to start if you are not sure what you want to do with your writing, or if you want to write at all. You’ll be encouraged, you’ll laugh, and you’ll be given every opportunity to spread your wings and get creative. Not to mention the free gig tickets ain’t half bad!
Fancy an internship like Gemma’s? Get in touch!