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7.15 PintrestThe perks of working for two very different magazines are that I have two very different sets of responsibilities at each. Since I’m there the majority of the week, I’ll share some insight from Country Living.

I work closely with the senior editors at Country Living to brainstorm, pitch, search for products and obtain samples for the “Idea Notebook” feature. Each month, this section features DIY-crafts. So this means I get to peruse Pinterest all day for innovative ideas. Hey, it could be worse.

I have to hone my tastes to fit the aesthetic of the magazine, so although I’m personally loving, “how to glitter the soles of your shoes,” our readers might not appreciate that as much. When I have some downtime, I’ll print out full-page images of whatever I think might catch my editor’s eye so she can then go through and pick what she likes. Once that’s narrowed down, everything she wants to include is put on a big board with captions so she can reference it daily. From there, it’s my job to hunt down the products.

One day, this meant calling in wallpaper samples from Brooklyn to Texas. Another day, I searched the internet high and low for miniature log cabins (which, by the way, are harder to find than you might think!)

I’m also helping to work on a well package (magazine talk for feature story) for the November issue that I’m really excited about. In my journalism classes, we’ve been told time and again to always conduct more interviews than you need. You might not end up using all of the information or sources, but it’s better to have it than to realize halfway through a story that you’re missing something.

As we move ahead with this package, I can attest to how true that is. The amount of sources we’ve reached out to is absurd! But reading all the interviews is really insightful. It may only be July, but I’m getting some great ideas for my own Thanksgiving traditions.

I love working with the senior editor on all of this. Not only is she enthusiastic, but it’s so much fun and she’s really appreciative of everything I do and contribute. And that’s worth everything to me.

 
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7.12 ComputersGreetings, from Red Roof (the most recognized name for Wawa’s corporate office)!

This week at Wawa required me to sort through old statistics notes that I had taken last semester. Usually when I store my notes from old classes, I never have to look at them again. But, this week, that was not the case. One of my supervisors assigned a project to me that required a hefty amount of statistical data research. Sounds boring, right? Well, for us math ‘nerds’, one can only dream about the fun that I had this week (Dr. Lamb will be happy if he’s reading this). Anyway, the project assigned to me required me to research and forecast projected losses that Wawa might intake over the next year. This whole process can be simplified into three short steps:

-Look at the total cost of risk (TCOR) for the past ten or so years.

-Take current losses for the year so far, and compile them with the previous years.

-Punch all of the numbers into a calculator (or in your head for you smart ones) and present the finished product.

Those three steps might have seemed simple but each step requires roughly five hours of research and number-crunching. Forecasting is a difficult concept to grasp sometimes, because all it entails is predicting and with predicting comes levels of confidence. Some predictions can be right, while others can be wrong; and if you make the wrong prediction in the business world, it can certainly result in financial chaos or even potentially reduce your chances for job security. This week has taught me a lot about my major, Actuarial Science. I have learned how to make very educated guesses that usually result in near-perfect results. I also have learned that the more confident you are in your own work, the more on-point you will be once the real numbers come in.

On another note, we had 4/5 sunny days this week, which is a first for the PA-NJ area this summer. But, currently as I am typing, I am witnessing a monsoon develop outside. Good thing I have my Wawa umbrella to keep me dry!

 
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KellyThis week I have been working hard to get our annual report towards the final product. This report is a 20+ page document that gives the highlights and financials of the previous year. It has been a great experience getting to work with my boss and watch the design and layout transform into what it is now. The final product is going to be an excellent addition to my portfolio, which has already started to build up from my work at HPU.

One of my favorite things about working in this office is the opportunity to do something different every day. Team Fight, an endurance training and fundraising team, had an information session at one of our sponsor’s retail locations. Those who attended went on a short run and I was able to film them out on the road in their gear. I love having the opportunity to be an integral part of the team and to not have to be behind a desk all day.

I am looking forward to sharing the final product of all of this video we have been compiling all summer!

 
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I thought I’d take a break from my posts about my intern project to update you on some other things going on in my internship program. We recently took two field trips (you’re never too old for a field trip) to the other two Air and Space facilities in which interns are working: the Stephen F Udvar-Hazy Center, the second National Air and Space Museum facility out in Chantilly, Va. and the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility which is not open to the public. It was a lot of fun to be able to go out to these two facilities and learn more about what the other interns are up to. It was especially enlightening for me because I’ve been writing about some of these interns but hadn’t actually had the chance to meet them, so it was great putting a face to the name.

We went to Garber on the first of July and it was really cool to see the behind-the-scenes of collections and restoration. Only 10% of NASM’s collection is on display, and a lot of it is stored at Garber. It’s crazy to think that we have two huge museums filled with artifacts yet those on display are only a small portion of what we have. This picture displays one of the many airplanes in the collection not at display at either museum.

HPU High Point University Smithsonian

I had no idea how much time and effort goes on before the artifacts even reach the museum for display. This internship is certainly giving me a new appreciation for how complicated and time-intensive operating a museum can be.

Yesterday, was our trip out to Hazy and I was really excited about it because, although my house is actually closer to Hazy than it is to the National Mall location, I’d never been out to Hazy . And let me tell you, I was blown away. The Udvar-Hazy Center is a beautiful museum—a lot more modern than the museum in DC, which makes sense because it’s only been open for 10 years. Nicknamed “America’s Hangar”, it is located right near Dulles Airport and it has a lot of space to display the larger planes that just can’t be housed on the Mall. Aircraft on display at Hazy include the Enola Gay, the SR-71 Blackbird, a massive Boeing Dash 80 (which would become the Boeing 707), an Air France Concorde (one of the first supersonic planes in flight) and so many more. As you can see in this picture, the museum looks like an airplane hangar and planes are arranged in a variety of ways, both on the ground as well as hanging from the ceiling, some even upside down to appear as though they are flying. It really is amazing to see so many airplanes in one place.

HPU High Point University Smithsonian

One of the newest (and in my opinion most exciting) additions to the Hazy collection is the Discovery Space Shuttle, which arrived at Hazy in April of last year (fun fact: the Communications office I’m working in here at NASM actually just won a PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence for their “Welcome Discovery” campaign). Anyway, it’s pretty amazing to walk around Discovery, knowing that the massive craft in front of you has spent over 300 days in space. There are only three other space shuttles on display in the country, so it’s amazing that the Smithsonian is able to give Washingtonians and tourists the opportunity to see one of the four remaining shuttles. The shuttle is massive—no surprise there—so I couldn’t capture the whole thing in one picture, but this picture shows the side as well as the American flag on display behind the shuttle.

HPU High Point University Smithsonian

I’m really glad that we were able to take these two field trips out to the other NASM facilities because I was able to learn a lot about the Museum as well as the other interns and their projects during the two trips.

 
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7.1 ArticleI can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share the information I’m about to share with all of you. And after I share, I am going to give you what will probably sound like a Grammy acceptance speech, so please bear with me. Monday night, my managing editor emailed me to discuss something about my Gildart Jackson interview. I was a little concerned at first because I had no idea what could have been wrong (or right) about the article.

She was emailing to let me know that Gildart Jackson’s publicist had read through the Q&A and really loved it. So much, that he wants to include my interview in Gildart Jackson’s official Press Kit! This means that now, anytime a newspaper, magazine, online news site, or talk show host wants to interview with him, they’ll get to see my interview and use it as a generic overview and research material.

So now, I would like to commence my acceptance speech style thank you’s that are probably going to be borderline cheesy.

I transferred to High Point University in the fall of 2012 as a junior psychology major. I was thrown in with all the freshmen during orientation and I was trying to find my way into a group or organization that would help me fit in. That’s when I stumbled on the Campus Chronicle. After my first article I wrote with absolutely no journalism experience, I fell in love. Two months later, I was officially a journalism and psychology double major.

I have learned and grown so much in the short two years I’ve been a part of the communication department. I’ve met so many great professors and “co-workers” through the Chronicle that have helped me hone and develop my interview and writing skills. Every class I’ve signed up for I’ve learned something new or tried a new style of writing. If it wasn’t for the practical, hands on experience I have been gaining throughout my time at HPU, I don’t think I would have stumbled upon this internship I’m at now.

In just a month of working for The Daily Quirk, I have written in styles I hadn’t yet attempted at HPU, and gained valuable real-world insight, to interview malfunctions and new writing techniques.

I literally owe every ounce of my writing and journalism knowledge to HPU, and for that I am truly thankful. Without the guidance of great professors, other students, and advisors, I don’t think I’d be where I am now. And I owe every ounce of my success with this Gildart Jackson interview to The Daily Quirk. My managing editor has been quite the blessing, helping me through all the bumps that come with the territory of publicists and creating good, “safe” questions.

Overall, my transcript will change in very minor ways to please the publicist. Certain things have been condensed, or words changed to a better one, but that doesn’t matter. The thought that big name newspapers and agencies may see my work is absolutely priceless. So HPU and Daily Quirk, this is my biggest thank you. Without you, I would not be where I am today as a journalist.

So here is my also cheesy moral and lesson that I’ve learned. Hard work truly does pay off. I have worked so hard at everything I’ve done since discovering my hidden passion in journalism. If you think you have found the area of study that truly makes you happy, pour every ounce of your heart and soul into it, and I promise you will not be disappointed.