The end is almost nigh and many of us have been contemplating graduation, job searches, and how to avoid having to move back in with our parents. (I’m contemplating REALLY hard on that last one.) Before I get overwhelmed by the post-collegiate era hurtling toward me, I want acknowledge what I’ve learned these last three months.
Until I started my internship, I didn’t realize that wine is all about geography. I mean, I had a general sense that it played an important role, but now I realize it might have been a good idea to take Geography 101. Wine is all about place.
2. Microsoft Access
I’d never thought about database programs such as Microsoft Access and Excel as key tools for journalism, but they’re very useful. Throughout my internship, I’ve used Access to keep track of all the wine coming in and being tasted. Excel has been incredibly useful for organizing and summarizing notes gathered for the future issue on terroir.
3. Urban Survival Skills
I’m a country kid from Oregon, okay. Things like mass transit, the perils of high heels on uneven sidewalks, and how to negotiate a city grid with confidence were new to me. I remember how nervous I was the first day I rode BART into the city. Now, I can spend a day independently exploring the city with no qualms, and I always carry my flip-flops for the commute.
4. How to Change a Tire
The third week of my internship, I got up early to hit the gym and walked out to find my rear tire completely flat. I managed to stay calm while I waited for AAA to send help, which ended up being a female mechanic in pink boots who taught me how to change a tire. I didn’t make it to the gym, but I wasn’t late to work. My dad would call this a “formative” experience.
5. How to Sell Myself
I’ve had the good fortune to work for the same company for the last five years. It’s been so comforting to know I had a job every summer. But it’s also meant that I’ve never had to “sell myself” to a potential employer. Figuring out how to do this successfully on paper and in-person has given me a great confidence boost.
At the end of this experience, I realize I’ve learned some geography, mastered the art of the database, become one with the urban natives, figured out where my spare tire lives, and found out I am, quite possibly, employable. Not too shabby for three months, huh?
~ Anneka Miller