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New girl navigating the pressroom and Camden

Posted: August 26, 2014 7:04 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2014 6:00 a.m.

I completed my bachelor’s degree the first week of August, so I was thrilled to snag a job at the Chronicle-Independent a little more than a week later.

Although anxiety about finding a job dealing with my field of study plagued me many days and nights prior to graduating, there was a small shred of doubt and fear about going into the workplace. A lot of college students fantasize about finding their dream job soon after they graduate. I certainly had my share of ideal career daydreams, but when the time came to start looking, intimidation set in.

I have experience working for a newspaper as an intern, so that experience somewhat curved my worry about starting an actual job at a newspaper. Also, I know that the vigorous writing that I so often had to do while in school prepared me for a writing career; however, doubt and worry still remained in my mind.

The day that I got a call about coming in for an interview at the Chronicle-Independent was a day when my mind went crazy with excitement. I had a heightened feeling of accomplishment. Unfortunately, my excitement soon took a turn for the worse after I pondered and, in my mind, placed myself in the position and job descriptions that I would interview for. Doubt put a damper on my dream once again.

One can imagine the immense drop on my emotional rollercoaster the day that I received the wonderful news that the job was being offered to me.

I called all of my supporters and raved about my victory. Later, worry overcame me again.

I had five days to sit and think about myself in the workplace; working as an editor and a reporter for the Chronicle-Independent.

Oddly, days before I even got called for an interview I was whining to my best friend about how I needed to get back to writing soon because I felt like I was losing my ability to write. Worry gave me the idea that my vocabulary and the way that I was taught to write were evaporating from my mind.

Monday, I started at the Chronicle-Independent and discovered that I will be working with a great group of people. I also discovered that my duties may be challenging from time to time, but what won’t kill me will only make me stronger. I have the opportunity to write on a daily basis, which is what I love, so anxiety about my job is no more.

I plan to take my duties seriously and go above and beyond to report accurate and meaningful news. I am excited to be a part of the Chronicle-Independent team and to serve the Camden community.


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