“From a claustrophobic classroom to an oversized office” – the diary of a magazine intern
Intern Hayley Rogers talks us through her first few days in the world of publishing…
For those who are in school or at university, do you ever crave a taster of what it is like to be in the real world? To be done with the tedious homework and the late nights spent cramming for an exam (you completely forgot about) and finally do something important? Well, over this past week I have been fortunate enough to see what it is like to finally live on this alien planet us adolescents call adulthood.
Here at Practical Publishing, interns are treated like employees. As soon as I walked into the office I was immediately granted responsibility for many editorial projects, and to be frank, it was one of the most mortifying, yet exhilarating moments of my life. The seat at my desk had not even had a chance to warm up yet before they gave me my itinerary for the next three weeks and put me to work straight away.
To be honest, the first day was a complete blur. It might have been due to the sleep in my eyes from the jet lag, or even may have been my tears of joy/panic… I am positive it was both. After a couple of hours of anxiously working on reformatting articles for Quilt Now and sending out emails to people I have never heard of, I was overcome with the sensation that I had found my place. This is what I have been looking forward to my whole collegiate life. Sitting in an office, working amongst people who are all working towards one goal: creating a tangible entity that gives people a creative outlet. Being a part of Practical Publishing and watching all of the different tasks and projects come together like cogs in a clock is a spectacular sight to behold.
As an English Major at Erskine College, I was never sure of what I wanted to do with my upcoming Bachelor of Arts degree. Whether I should teach, go back to school or try my craft in writing was constantly up in the air and I was never fixed on what I wanted to do after I graduate. However, once I stepped into the relaxing, yet prestigious office at Practical Publishing, I finally found a sense of where I want to be and what I want to do. I never thought a 9-5 job would be appealing to me, but once I got my first taste of the publishing life, I don’t think I can ever go back.
Check back in with me on Monday to read about my first trip to Manchester and see what we did on the photoshoot for Knit Now!