Reflections of an internColumn by Kristian Hammond
Special To The Newnan Times-Herald
As my third summer of interning for The Newnan Times-Herald comes to a close, I am faced with the same bitter-sweet feeling that comes with leaving.
Like my past opportunities, this summer has offered new experiences and new chances to learn and grow as a writer. I have traveled further and met even more people than in my past internships, an opportunity I am grateful for.
This summer also taught me another thing that is also incredibly valuable to a writer. More than any other, this year taught me to be flexible and to take criticism gracefully. I was able to grow as a writer and become better. I always feel my writing has improved after every story or column I write. However, this would not happen if not for the staff at The Newnan Times-Herald giving me advice and corrections. Whether it was corrections in punctuation or capitalization or sentence structure, or my writing style in general, I always felt as though I was improving. Without the constructive criticism from my editors and co-workers this never would have happened. They all taught me that every bit of criticism given is only an opportunity to better yourself.
Interning at The Newnan Times-Herald is always a valuable experience. I always feel closer to Newnan and the residents of Coweta at the end of the summer. This year, though, I feel closer to the state of Georgia as a whole. Not only was I able to connect with residents of the county, but I was able to represent The Newnan Times-Herald in many events outside the county. My internships teach me a lot about writing and always give me amazing experiences. These opportunities allow me to live my dream of doing what I love to do on a daily basis and eventually make a career out of my passion for writing.