Today was my first day as an intern with Travel Weekly, and it was everything that I had hoped it would be. Walking in, the editor showed me around the building and showed me to my desk. Luckily for me, the cubicle where I will be spending most of my time this summer won’t be available until next week, so I get to stay in an editors office! It’s beautiful and massive and very… official. It’s pretty intimidating honestly.
No complaints from me though! It’s kind of funny that a 20-year-old has better work accommodations at this point than the seasoned journalists of 30 years who have a cubicle. Everyone has been teasing to me to “not get comfortable” in my space, especially the older staff. As a whole though, I think most of Travel Weeklyians are pretty nice. So nice, in fact, that I’ve already had my Tar Heel-ness openly opposed.
I found this on the board in my office after I went to the bathroom. Clearly the staff has a sense of humor, since smack-talking has already begun. I’m sure it will be a summer long event of transforming some staffers into UNC fans (although to be fair, I don’t think Jerseyians care much about NC, including Duke). Even though the infamous NC rivalry doesn’t have a presence in NJ, the Duke joke made me feel at home.
I did a lot of journalisty things today, like staff meetings, lunch in the office, editing and planning my responsibilities that really kick in tomorrow. It was a whirlwind of a day, and I know my summer is going to be really fast-paced. But by the time I stepped out of the Travel Weekly building at the end of the day, I knew this is where I want to be. This is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life. Although the decision to come to the city with no housing, job or money was somewhat foolhardy, I know I made the right decision to spend my summer here. And for a rising senior who has pretty much completed her reporting major at this point, it’s a relief.