Intern shows initiative, works with newspaper as journalist

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When my Family and I moved to Fort Knox in 2013, I was a rising eighth-grader. My main goals up until this point were to get good grades and hang out with friends. Even though I tagged along with my older sister as she visited colleges, I never seriously considered where I wanted to attend or which career path I wanted to follow. Time flew by, and before I knew it I was a sophomore at Fort Knox High School.

I quickly learned that sophomore year is a year of questions. “What college do you want to go to?” or “what do you want to major in?” seemed to be the only things people were interested in. The constant questions from my Family, friends and peers really motivated me to really consider my true interests. They all seemed to have answers to these questions and glorious plans for universities and career choices. I couldn’t even decide what I wanted for dinner; how was I supposed to make these life-changing decisions at 15 years old?

I discussed my dilemma with my good friend Olivia. We discussed our futures and she brought up journalism as a potential career. At first I was off put by her suggestion. Why would anyone want to write for fun? She explained that journalism was a very broad field. Journalists can be anything from news anchors to book editors. I had considered interviewing celebrities and anchoring the news briefly when I was much younger just for fun. After doing more research on my own, I knew I wanted to explore journalism.

It felt like a load was being lifted off of my chest. I could finally answer one of the two annoying sophomore-year questions. “I want to be a journalist!” I would proudly reply. However, I still wasn’t sure about where I wanted to get my education. As I discussed my aspirations with my Family around the dinner table, my mother brought up a good idea. It would be helpful for me to get some exposure to what really happens in the field.

One day after school, I picked up a newspaper off my front steps, and read it. With my newfound-career field choice, I figured that the people who wrote for this real newspaper were likely experienced journalists. After thinking it over for a few days I emailed the editor and asked if I could possibly shadow someone at The Gold Standard. To my surprise, she agreed to let me come and watch the team.

My first day at The Gold Standard was exciting! I was so glad to learn and be there, but I was also very nervous, because I knew absolutely nothing about writing for a newspaper. I thought I would be sitting on the sidelines or maybe watching other people write. To my surprise, I was assigned a story on day one! I chose to write about the Kentucky United Nations Assembly. After submitting my article I went through a range of emotions. Was my story interesting? Did it have too many mistakes? I didn’t want to do anything wrong.

That story had many mistakes, but I learned from them. With each story, I continued to grow and got even more comfortable writing even though I had little journalism experience.

My time at Fort Knox has been very memorable. One of my fondest memories will be the love and support I received at The Gold Standard. Working with them, I have found my answer to one of the sophomore-year questions. I have a couple of colleges on my list but still have not decided, but working with the helpful Gold Standard staff has given me the confidence and a platform to set and work toward my goals.