So here it is, my last morning of my internship at Scotcampus. Everything seems the same, I rode five floors in the grand elevator (it has two gates – two, like the big gold ones that you always see in American movies) while being charmed by George, the elevator guy, to then walk into the office to find Mike and Amy attempting to warm their hands on the radiator.
So, in theory, nothing has changed. Except that on Monday morning the chair at, what I have come to regard as ‘my desk’ will be empty and soon enough filled by some other lucky person about to embark on an amazing internship.
I was in a rut. I left my journalism degree in the summer of 2014 after two years because there was something about it that was not connecting with me and done what every lost (almost ) 20 year-old does and moved to the other side of the world.
On returning, I entered into third year of the Media and Communications degree at Glasgow Caledonian University and while I was enjoying the course a lot more, I still felt like I was drifting aimlessly. My love of writing had never faltered for a second but inspiration was lacking, my much loved blog was gathering dust and every word I began to type got furiously deleted seconds later.
So, when I saw that Scotcampus (Scotland biggest student magazine, in case you didn’t know) was looking for interns, I hesitated thinking that I wasn’t even sure if I knew how to write anymore. However, after giving myself a pep talk, I quickly wrote an email attempting to ‘sell myself’ the best I could. So, imagine my surprise when I was asked to show examples of my work, followed by an interview, followed by being offered an internship.
When the 5th of January came around I had just about recovered from an immense amount of working, studying and drinking during the festive period and was ready to take this opportunity with both hands.
As soon as I had settled into my desk, the assistant editor, Amy, and I started talking through my ideas and within 15 minutes had complied a list as long as my arm of things for me to work on.
So I started writing and was pleasantly surprised when words that made sense started to appear on the screen. During my two weeks here I have written a lot of content for the website and my author’s page is filling up by the day.
My favourite pieces have been ones where I have manage to combine my love for books and opinion pieces that I feel really suit my style. These included How Emma Watson Does Book Clubs, Why I Still Love Young Adult Books and a special think piece for the magazine that Mike and I worked tirelessly over that you will have to look out for in the upcoming February/March edition.
I also briefly managed to dip into my other love which is food in my Healthy Eating Swaps article. I am also hoping to do more recipe and restaurant review pieces in the near future.
Really, what I have loved the most is getting feedback of two incredibly talented writers and editors who have taught me more than I thought possible in such a short period of time.
So, if you are sitting there looking at your CV and realising that the work experience section is looking a little bare, it is time to do something about it. Experience is everything in this industry and you are unlikely to find another place that allows you to write about whatever you are passionate about.
While my time as an intern is coming to an end, my time as a freelance writer for this wonderful magazine is just beginning.
So, for now Scotcampus I say goodbye and thank you for making me fall in love with writing all over again.