Taking advantage of every opportunity

Jasmine Maki

School: Minnesota State University Moorhead

Year: Senior

Hobbies: Writing, running, blogging

Blogs: Cute ‘N’ Comfy & Jasmine Maki


About a month ago, I thought I had my summer planned. I had just moved into a new apartment with new roommates. I had quit my job nannying. And I was planning on spending my summer selling beautiful designer shoes at DSW and writing a few freelance articles for The Forum.

But, about two weeks before finals, I got a text message from the editor of my school paper asking if I was interested in doing a summer internship at the daily newspaper in Willmar. “Of course,” I thought.

An internship at a daily newspaper would give me more experience in my field. It would allow me to build my resume and fill my portfolio with more clips. I would have the opportunity to experience a real news room and work with real reporters and editors. How could I turn down an opportunity like that? It was a no-brainer.

Within the next couple of days, I had a phone interview with Kelly Boldan and Sharon Bomstad and got the internship.

My entire summer plans had changed within a matter of days, and I was so excited.

But, like with all good things, there were drawbacks. I would now have to find a second place to live just for the summer. I would have to quit my job at DSW, lose my wonderful Shoelover discount and hope there was an opening when I came back in the fall. And I would have to move away from my boyfriend for three and a half months.

But, the benefits outweighed the disadvantages; and fortunately, everything fell into place. I am now officially the summer intern reporter at West Central Tribune.

Throughout the next couple of months, I hope to write a wide variety of stories and meet amazing people along the way. I’m excited to learn more about the field of journalism and further develop my interviewing and writing skills. And I’m super excited to take on the Sonshine Festival and the county fair.

I may not have much experience now, but by the end of this internship I hope to gain the confidence and skill set I need to be the best editor of my school paper next year.

4 thoughts on “Taking advantage of every opportunity

  1. Good luck. It should be an exciting time.Journalism is a wonderful career for the intellectually curious and sharing the treasures you find with others thru writing is a gift and can be very satisfying.

  2. I hope you get a lot of experience this summer. And have a great time. I look forward to reading all your articles and seeing you develope your skills. You will do great.

  3. Welcome to Kandiyohi County! Atwater Festival Days will be held next week. Dairy Days will be at a farm north of Atwater this year on June 16th ~ hope those events are on your schedule. Wishing you a wonderful experience at the West Central Tribune!

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