Genevieve Rice is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An English Literature major at Anderson University, she is studying abroad in London this semester.
In this week's post, Genevieve highlights her first two weeks at her internship with the editorial team of a magazine in London, and outlines a few of the goals she set for herself this week.
This Tuesday marked the completion of two full weeks at my internship. The past week was full of surprises and growth. Like the first week at any new job, the learning curve was immense. I am working with the editorial team of a nursing magazine. My internship description (we had to write a learning agreement, so I actually know this one) is working alongside the editorial team, writing news articles, and assisting on any project that I can. This is an experience that I count as invaluable. I want to pursue journalism after I graduate, so having hands-on experience with a well-known magazine is a huge resume booster and an amazing learning opportunity—thank you CAPA! Despite the fact that my internship is tailored to my future aspirations, I feel an enormous amount of pressure for this to go well. I have always been exceedingly hard on myself and in short, am a perfectionist. Therefore, my internship contains several self-appointed tasks to complete before I can feel like I am comfortable in this new environment.
Don't let the bright windows and tile work deceive you, the kitchen is complicated.
First task: braving the kitchen.
This might seem simple, but it holds the potential for so much error. At the office where I work there are about six other magazines based in and using the same space… and the same kitchen. Plus, my team always gets everyone coffee or tea whenever they get some for themselves. In this one tiny space, I have the potential to embarrass myself not only in front of my team, but also in front of people that work for other magazines that I might want to work with in the future, you never know. I managed to avoid the space all last week, but on Tuesday I was working all day, so it was now or never. It took me a few minutes to build up the courage to go and get everyone coffee or tea. And… I did it! Complete success! This might sound extremely silly, but in a new environment and in a new culture—where tea is very important I might add—I have the amazing ability to work myself up over the smallest things, that looking back, are actually quite humorous. Fears are made to be conquered, no matter how small they may seem.