Last quarter I wrote for the Coyote Chronicle, the CSUSB newspaper. It was a really fun experience. I got to interview students and faculty, take pictures, and generally be in the know of current topics.
I enjoyed myself so much that I guess it showed the people in charge how passionate I can be when I enjoy what I’m doing.
So this quarter I was asked to be the Editor for the Opinions section. This was surprising for many reasons. Number one, I didn’t think I was that good. Number two, usually you need to be an assistant to an editor before getting an entire section to yourself. Alas the Opinions Editor dropped so I was given her spot.
I jumped all the way to Editor in one quarter. It was scary and invigorating at the same time. I figured I could handle whatever they threw at me so I leapt in full force. Today I finished my sections spread all by myself – well, not all alone; I did have the help of the senior editors and everyone else on the paper, but I’m the only section who doesn’t have an assistant. I’m in charge of the whole thing, which actually works better for my personality.
The reason I took on this new responsibility was not just for the great addition to my resume; I actually like the people working on the paper. I could have chosen a lot of things to do on campus to bump up the worth of my resume, but the people on the paper are really fun and nice. They’re smart, witty, and fun to be around. It doesn’t hurt that I get a key to the office and have my own desk and computer to do homework anytime, but the real reason I joined was to make lifelong friends and great contacts for the future.
I joined at the perfect time too. They’re going on a trip to San Francisco for a journalistic convention of sorts. I haven’t gotten the full skinny yet but what I do know is I get to go bond with these people in a place I’ve never been before.
I’ve heard I would love San Fran for as long as I can remember – the art, the people, the vibe all apparently mesh with my personality and now I finally get to go. I will be bringing my super fancy camera to capture all the beautiful scenes and am excited to share my experience with you guys.
Do you have any tips or suggestions of places I should go? Let me know if you’ve got the inside scoop on what’s cool in SF. Thanks guys!