I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was in my on-campus apartment and I was completing my daily task of checking my email. Months prior, I applied for the internship opportunity with ABC 7 Chicago, WLS TV, looking to be a logger and to learn as much as I could about the television business. Being that I graduated this past May with a degree in communication, I wanted to narrow my broad interests to make it easier to find my niche.
I applied for this opportunity a few weeks before spring break, in March. While I was on spring break I can remember preparing for an intense four-way interview. I got dressed, ate, got my room together and sat there quietly; mentally going over possible questions ABC 7 News could ask me. The phone rang and on the line were three women asking if I had ever logged before, why I wanted this opportunity, etcetera.
I remember getting off of the phone and feeling a little intimidated because I did not think I did great, but answered the questions to the best of my ability. I had never logged before and really did not even know what it meant, but I was willing to try.
I called my mother after I got off the phone, and she was questioning me about the interview. I told her I felt uneasy about it and she took the situation to another level. She began to nag me about how I needed to be sure of myself, speak up, tell ABC 7 News what I wanted, and be more confident. This angered me because I was discouraged, and like many interviews I had been to, I thought I would not get the job.
By the time I was preparing for graduation, the internship opportunity was in the back of my mind. I was going to be crossing the stage soon and had no post-graduate plans. All I knew was I was going home regardless if I had a job, because there was nothing for me in the town of my school. I checked my email.
The content said, “Congratulations, you have been selected for an internship opportunity with ABC 7 Chicago WLS TV. ” I was in shock. I read the email at least 2-3 times. I could not believe I received the opportunity to be an intern at Channel 7.
Again here, I called my mom, and she was elated! I was proud of myself and extremely grateful. I am in my fourth week of interning with Channel 7 and have really been enjoying my time. My favorite part is going on the shoots and I am really getting the flow of logging.
Written by Alexandria Martin
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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