by Bailey Bickerstaff
SPARC ( Spring Potential and Reality Courses) offer students at Brook Hill opportunities they might not have otherwise. For some, the opportunity is to travel around the world, immersing themselves in new and exciting culture. For some, the opportunity presents itself through a scrapbooking class or a trip to the zoo. And for this girl, the opportunity was a week long internship at The Tyler Morning Telegraph.
As an aspiring journalist, the week was incredibly exciting– but the experience was also different from what I expected. In the journalistic world, work is very individualistic: you go out on your own, you interview on your own, you write the story on your own, etc. Being a one-week intern, I didn’t do so much work as job shadow, but the experience was interesting and incredibly rewarding.
I got to help cover a ground breaking ceremony for the development of a police station, a new K-9 to be trained to serve in the force, a building being auctioned in a private bidding, and I got to discover the exciting world of the commissioners court. (It’s only exciting about 1% of the time).
More than just helping and shadowing, I learned some valuable and incredibly useful information that an aspiring journalist needs to have. Journalism is incredibly inconvenient: lunch is an optional affair. Though somewhat, okay very, alarming to me, you barely notice the tardiness of your lunch because you are constantly working and moving from task to task. Journalism is very much a balancing act. You must balance all of your stories, while helping others whose beats might intersect with yours. However much a hassle it is to balance, the inconvenience is always, always worth it.
While helping create a video package over local celebrities delivering meals for the nonprofit Meals on Wheels, my supervisor and I got to visit with a sweet man who had a wonderful story. Having been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for 20 years before having meals delivered to him, this man told us stories of his volunteer days and showed us pictures of his grandchildren. Sitting on a pastel colored armchair, in a picturesque house that was so quaint and incredibly cozy, and listening to this sweet man that was so graciously entertaining us, made me decide that all my late lunches and long days were, in fact, incredibly rewarding.