Eight weeks to go until I officially graduate and make the transition from student to (fingers crossed) reporter. It makes me uneasy to be unsure of what I’ll be doing in two months, but the Portland Experience is the perfect combination of workplace and class to ease into it.
At my internship, I’ve already taken over a news brief section that I update every day including publishing freelance work, along with writing for two other sections. It’s been a whirlwind, but my colleagues have been graciously helpful in editing all of my work and giving me writing advice. (Someone gave me an old copy of On Writing Well … that’s ok … it’s to develop my writers’ skin.)
The dress code is interestingly comfortable. According to “They Don’t Teach Corporate In College,” I should dress for the job I want, not the job I have. A coworker takes of her clogs and walks around on the carpet; someone wore khaki shorts; someone else had a spaghetti-strap dress and open-toed shoes. It’s given me amazing freedom to not worry as much about my apparel while I’m mostly living off my tax return, but I haven’t gone that far. I do have these floral leggings I finally had the courage to wear today
(underneath an H&M LBD, I’m not that brave yet!). They give me much more confidence than pantyhose (ugh my poor squished tummy!). When I’m wearing my own style, I feel genuine and I’m glad I have the freedom to wear my flower pants. And my favorite secretary said, “Those are wild!” As you can probably tell by her word choice, flower pants are bridging the generation gap for me!
What I’ve learned from that is to prioritize: an Urgent/Important graph has worked well for me. I’ve got at least three colleagues editing my work who do not know everything I’m doing, but I want to do a good job for them all. This strategy helps me meet deadlines (cop-log!) and work on longer-term (read: interesting) articles without stressing to infinite and beyond.