Writer’s Block: A farewell from ABC Newspapers’ summer intern

The end of summer always fills me with mixed emotions. Melancholy for school to start again and yet excited to welcome the cool, crisp air of autumn in my lungs. This year, as usual, I was feeling sad for the summer to end. However this tinge of sadness is different from prior years. My internship under ABC Newspapers has come to a close.

T.J. Armstrong
T.J. Armstrong

In May I found myself frantically grinding away on various homework assignments and studying long hours into the night for my final exams. On the back of my mind I knew I would need an internship before next school year. I reached out to a few different companies but ABC Newspapers was one I really hoped would get back to me. Working in a professional setting locally was something I really desired to experience. I was relieved and excited once I heard back from ABC Newspapers. After going through the interviewing process, they graciously allowed me to become a summer intern.

What a summer it has been. I haven’t had a job quite like this one. Every day was a new adventure. Attending ceremonies, sporting events, ground breakings, community projects and other events were on my daily agenda. It has been the first time in a long time I have woken up and not dreaded going to work each day. I love telling stories. I love meeting new people and analyzing what makes them tick. I enjoy being able to evoke emotions through my writing, and to cast people in a positive light.

As I sit here at my desk looking out my window, I can’t help but smile to myself thinking of the fun I’ve had. I smile thinking of the different people I have met and interviewed. I smile thinking of how kind and helpful the staff at ABC Newspapers have been to me. I am a little sad to be leaving but more so happy for the experience. I feel so fortunate to have gotten a taste of what it is like to work for something you enjoy.

It is true when people say “find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I was able to live out that phrase this summer. My dream is to work for a skateboard magazine someday, but I have realized as long as my job revolves around being a writer I could be content.

I thank all the staff at ABC Newspapers and anyone in the community who has picked up a newspaper and read my articles. This summer has been a blast, oh what a ride it has been. Farewell and perhaps you will continue to see my byline from time to time.

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