“You’re tougher than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.” – Christopher McDougall
The last time I wrote a post, it was the day before my internship began. Now, I’ve got a whole week under my belt and a hectic one at that. So bare with me if this post turns out to be like a novel in length. A week ago I was in crappy Park Place. Now I’m in the awesome Staybridge Suites that comes with complementary breakfast seven days a week, complementary dinner three nights a week, complementary laundry, all the bathroom and kitchen supplies I need and a much better weight room. Not to mention the elevator isn’t from a horror movie and actually has the nice voice of an English lady to tell you what floor you’re on. it’s about 1000 percent better to say the least. Oh, and the elevator is so smooth, if you close your eyes, you can’t even feel it start to move or even when it comes to a stop. Did I mention my new room’s view looks directly at Lucas Oil stadium where the Colt’s play? It’s literally across the street and looks super cool at night when the stadium name is lit up. This place also has way more people my age and one of the managers said that some of the Indian’s (minor league baseball team in Indy) players and their families stay here when they have home games. It’s like someone stayed at a lot of different hotels, decided what they loved about each and put it all into one perfect place.
Monday started my first day on the job. Besides being a lot of boring paperwork and other getting started activities, I actually got to write some stuff. You know how you hear about those journalists just starting out having to write tons and tons of obituaries? That’s basically me. Except I write stuff other than that. However, my first press release was an obituary about some former Olympic medalist who died (no disrespect intended). I also wrote another release on a high school team form new Jersey that won the senior invitational or something like that. I also began the daunting task of scanning in old film slides to put in the archives. I think it took me three-ish days to do all of Bela Karolyi? My favorite from the bunch was definitely him riding on horse back and the animal galloped through a grassy field. Once Bela was done, I got to start on Kim Zmeskal who has at LEAST three times more slides but probably more. I’ve also been proofing a lot of stuff, which I actually don’t mind since I enjoy good grammar and whatnot. Side note: I’m, like, legit now because I have my own work computer, work phone and work email address.
That first day, Leslie, Scott and I went out to eat lunch for my first day at this place not far from the office. It mainly served quesadillas and pizza-dillas and wasn’t half bad. I’ll definitely go back there some time if the opportunity comes up. The next day was more releases, scanning slides and proofing. Gabrielle Douglas recently had a wax figure made of her, so I wrote up a release about that. I also did my first media outreach to a J.O. kid who made the P&G national championships. it’s weird getting requests from journalists asking to set up interviews for possible stories and being on that side of things rather than being the journalist requesting the interview. Not sure how I feel about it quite yet. Side note: met Steve Penny, President of USA Gymnastics yesterday. He’s a character, that’s for sure.
On day three I started researching older hall of famers that are getting up there in age — just in case — as well as more proofing and scanning. I also go tot attend my first meeting. I, of course, had no input because I had no idea what was really going on, but it seemed interesting. Planning for the P&G Championships in mid-August have already started! I also met a girl who works in Steve Penny’s office (talk about intimidating) and the marketing intern who is only a year younger than me and goes to Butler. Thank God for another person my age around the office that’s somewhat going through what I am! Although she started back in March, she can give me the juicy secrets, so I don’t have to figure these things out on my own and inevitable embarrass my way through the days.
Later that night, I also got my first “Go Dawgs!” of the north, which actually made me miss the south — something I’ve never experienced before. These people are missing out without sweet tea everywhere and no Chick-fil-a on every corner. I did locate a Chick-fil-a, so we’re all good. It should tide me over until I fly home for Fourth of July. Moving into Thursday, Leslie started giving me more duties to handle. I drafted skeleton releases for the NFHS state championships that will be starting next year for boys high school gymnasts that don’t have a program in their state. It’s actually a pretty cool concept, and if the media outlets chose to do so, they’ll be using my releases when these high school athletes compete at state. I was also put in charge of the releases for the 2014 Elite Challenge in Spokane, Wash., an even we’re covering remotely. Since the results don’t come in until very late at night, I write up the release in the morning the next day — or rather I fill in the blanks of the pre-written skeleton in the morning the next day. You can find the men’s and women’s synchro release here! I’ll be writing a media advisory for an athlete visit to Louisville as well as writing and remotely covering the rhythmic national qualifier in Lake Placid, N.Y., next weekend.
I also found out I get to go to Louisville a week-ish after the Fourth of July for the USA Gymnastics Championships which is the national championship for trampoline and tumbling, rhythmic and acro, so that should be fun! The other intern there said she got some apparel and stuff when she covered an event, so that’s actually super exciting too… I love clothes — especially athletic clothes. Speaking of athletic clothes, I met some of the USA Track & Field interns today when we visited the Indy Eleven office (Indy’s North American Soccer League team). let me tell you that those interns are allowed to wear tennis shoes and USATF T-shirts and other athletic-y stuff! Not to complain, but unfair, haha. USATF is sponsored by Nike, so it makes sense. That would be cool if we could do that too… I’m sure if I owned Under Armor stuff, I would be able to wear it to work as well, but alas. Indy Eleven was cool. The team is in its first year and we got to hear from the people that worked there all about creating the team and everything that goes into that as well as starting the team up and promoting it once it’s begun. USATF’s offices also look super nice and sleek. USA Gym is painting and redoing most of its office space now, so hopefully I’ll get to see the final product before my internship ends.
It’s only been five days in, but it feels like so much longer already. I’m guessing as I get busier (can I get any busier?), the time will fly by. After five days I’ve also realized I really miss true journalism. Sure, I’ll be writing some features and whatnot, but this job is more about media relations than anything else. At least, if I get to the end of the summer and decide this is not something I want to do with my life, I will have the experience and will know rather than getting into a job and realizing it. I’d say that’s plenty for this go round. I didn’t envision being this busy or realize I wouldn’t feel like doing anything but workout and watch TV/eat food after getting home, but I’ll try to write more than once a week. Maybe getting into a schedule will help. I’m all about routine. I will be going to the Indian’s game Sunday against the Gwinnett Braves. It just so happens former Georgia pitcher Alex Wood was demoted just in time to come to Indy with the team, so I’m looking forward to it. And hopefully lots of pictures are to come!
Until next time.