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Elise's Entries A column by Elise Shire

All good things come to an end

August 24, 2011 - When I first started my internship at The Clarkston News, I had no idea what to expect.

I had heard the phrase "carrying coffee" so many times when internships were mentioned that I assumed it to be a truthful description of them.

However, I've come to find out how wrong that stereotype can be.

This internship has taught me more than I ever imagined about news writing and my community.

It has also shown me how much goes on in my hometown on a daily basis and how much time goes into each and every event.

I have been incredibly lucky to have this experience.

There hasn't been a single event that I've written about that didn't fascinate me. Every single person that I've interviewed for my articles has been friendly, intelligent, and open about their experiences, which made it easy for me to learn from them.

The staff here has been very willing to help and give me assignments to give me hands-on experience with journalism. I hope to be as dedicated and knowledgeable as they are in my future career.

As sad as I am to be leaving The Clarkston News, I will be returning to University of Michigan-Flint in a couple of weeks with a very real sense of what goes into reporting.

I have also gained a better appreciation for my community.

The things that I've learned through this internship will certainly follow me through my classes.

I'm sure these things will give me real-life experience with what I am taught in school.

Having one year left in school, I am feeling more ready than ever to graduate and make journalism my full-time job.

I would like to thank everyone that has worked with me, both the staff at the news and those that I've interviewed.

You have all honestly been too helpful for words and I appreciate the opportunities you have all given me.

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