Since 1980, the ETV Endowment internship program has given college students the opportunity to explore careers in television and radio. Each summer, positions are available...
Balancing Patience and Determination in Media | Endowment Intern Sarah
Over the past few weeks, I have been writing a great deal. Between blog posts for ETV’s website and county summaries for Knowitall Media, I have been writing more in a day as an intern than I do in a week as a student.
As a result, I have come to further enjoy the research, writing, and editing processes. I am now not only a better writer but also a faster writer. A task that would have taken me an hour or two to complete a few weeks ago now takes me about 30 minutes.
In addition to sharpening my writing skills, I’ve also learned a great deal about working in media in general. I’ve come to the realization that success in this field requires persistence. All of the interviews I have set up so far have resulted from sending multiple emails before receiving an initial response. At times I felt that I was nagging others with all of the emails that I sent, but I had to learn to move past that trepidation in order to reach my ultimate goal.
However, this determination cannot come at the cost of patience. Occasionally, obstacles will block a person from accomplishing even the smallest task. Last week, I needed to troubleshoot a program for a few hours in order to convert and upload a file – a task which would usually only take 30 minutes. I felt frustrated because I knew that if the program would simply work normally in the first place, I could focus on completing my other assignments.
However, I realized that this frustration was not helping me to solve the program or work on any of the projects I would have completed, had the program continued to run. Frustrating moments when things fail to operate smoothly occur in every job. I can’t prevent these moments, but I can choose my attitude towards them.
I am grateful for the skills and lessons I have learned in my short four weeks here and am eager to develop more as an intern in the next few weeks.