Radio Internship Reflection

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Hey guys,

How are you doing? I wanted to do a quick update on my internship that I had this semester. This semester I interned with WMFE 90.7 News. This is a radio news station that is Orlando’s npr (National Public Radio) station.  I had the opportunity to pitch my own story ideas and write and voice them on air. Yes, I was on the radio. Shout out to my friends who listened and would hype me up about it.  So let’s get down to it.

 

THE GOOD:

This semester was the perfect time to have this internship. My journalism class that I am in now Electronic Journalism 1 is a radio writing class. I definitely feel like I had an advantage with this internship. It was like extra practice for class and it showed in my grades this semester.  I also became a better conversational broadcast writer. The most exciting part of the day was going in the studio and voicing my track. I felt so official. This internship gave me a lot of web stories that I will be able to include in my portfolio. Also, it gave me the opportunity to add a unique experience for my resume. I am very grateful. Plus, it counted as an academic  elective class so I could take less classes this semester. A 3-credit class with no homework? It was lit.

THE BAD:

Although I am extremely fortunate to have this internship, it taught me what I do not want to have in a future career.  I learned that radio may not be for me in the future. I want to pursue a career in television news. Here’s why: From my previous internship with a television station, I felt happier with telling stories with a visual component. With radio, your voice can only go so far. I want to be able to have a more multidimensional aspect of storytelling with video that I am not able to get with short radio stories. I felt more creative and interactive with my television internship. With this internship, I did my reporting in the office and interviews via phone. I would prefer to have the more intimate personal in-person connection with my sources.  I like the challenge of editing video versus editing only sound.

OVERALL:

This experience has strengthened my resume. It has made me learn how to be a better reporter. I can speak with official sources with more confidence and ease. It also confirmed that TV is meant for me.  It made me want to work harder to achieve that dream more. But, I made solid connections with the staff that I will definitely use for references and such. I am so happy to have this experience.

 

Thanks for reading.

Stay Blessed,

Abisola

Quarter of the Year Check In: Fitness, Relationships, and Career

BLOG APRIL CHECKIN

 

Hey guys!

What’s good? What’s poppin? I hope you all are doing fantastic.

Can you believe we’re at the 1/4 mark of the year.  I’m shook. I feel like each year of my life keeps going faster and faster. 2018 is not playing games with how fast it’s going. Sometimes I’m like sis slow down. I wanted to do a little check in as to how my year is going so far.

Let’s start with the not so pleasant, so we can end on a high note.

FITNESS

You know the cliche New Year’s resolutions that you make to “workout more”, “eat healthier”  and “lose weight.” Well, I fell into that. I definitely have a few pounds that I would like to lose, as well as toning up my body more.

In January, I did the Daniel Fast (not for weight loss reasons) and lost a total of 6 lbs in 3 weeks. Since then ,I have been on an up and down gaining and losing the weight. I have lost more and I have gained more. Right now, I feel like I am on a fitness plateau. This year has been the most relaxed that I have ever been with my fitness and diet. I hardly work out and indulge more than ever.

All that stops now though. I’m not going to beat myself up for past actions (I’m human. I make mistakes.) However, I am going to work harder for the rest of the year to knock my fitness goals out of the park.

RELATIONSHIPS

I definitely feel like I have strengthened the bonds that I have with my friends. I have not necessarily made any new friends, but I finally feel like I have officially established a solid college friend group. I am learning to appreciate my friends more and I have definitely had more time to hang out with them this year.

In regards to romantic relationships, that’s still a dub. I’ve learned more about myself and the type of relationship that I desire. Watching the #RelationshipGoals series on YouTube has put things into perspective. I’ve also attended Dating with Purpose event hosted by YouTuber Ashley Empowers and her husband.

I can honestly and openly say that I feel mentally, emotionally and spiritually prepared for a relationship. However, I’m waiting on God’s rightful man to come into my life and pursue me accordingly.

ACADEMICS/CAREER

This area of my life has made of the biggest strides so far. For those of you who don’t know, I interned at a radio station this semester. I had the opportunity to be on-air and report on stories that I pitched. I am currently in my first upper level broadcast journalism class and I am blessed to say that I am doing well. Mini testimony, my professor who is known for being Margaret Thatcher tough-as-nails strict and hard complimented me today. He said that I am doing very well and that he wishes he had a class full of students like me. What an honor! This class just made me really confirm the fact that I am doing what I am called to do.

My Spanish class is another story.  Spanish is my minor and up until this point, I have felt that I have a pretty good grasp of the language. However, this class has pushed me to limits that I never thought were possible.  The class is filled with 90% native Spanish speakers. It has been extremely intimidating. My confidence in my speaking has gone down.  Nonetheless, I am learning that I have to go above and beyond if I want to be fluent. I have begun to watch telenovelas to get extra practice in. Plus, there has been good moments. For example, when I did community service for the class, someone thought I was an Afro-Latina because of the way that I spoke. I felt really proud of myself.

 

Overall,  this year is going by pretty smoothly. Some lows, but mostly highs. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.

Let me know how your year is going in the comments or contact section of the blog.

Stay Blessed,

Abisola