COLUMN: Confessions of a work term student — First day jitters

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My heart was pounding and my head was sweating.

Laura Griffin is completing a four-week work placement at The Compass newspaper in Carbonear

There were thoughts of deadlines and blank white documents swimming in my brain.

I took a deep breath and walked through the glass doors of the first newspaper I would ever work for.

Immediately I was greeted with welcoming smiles and energetic clicking noises of computers.

Still, the thought “what am I doing here?” didn’t leave my head.

I was introduced to the team. I felt so much better knowing there was another student on her workterm at the same place.

The editor, Terry Roberts, showed me to my first desk, where I’d be writing articles for the Compass, a community newspaper, for the next four weeks.

My first story, of course was a controversial one. I had to “get right into business.”

That nervous feeling came back.

I’ve just finished a two-year journalism program in Stephenville at the College of the North Atlantic, and I'm still new at this.

So, what am I really doing here?

Just like any student I’m looking for more experience, to meet new people and to enhance my writing skills.

So, to the people of the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region, you have a great team looking out for your best interest. The facts will always be accurate and the facts will always be timely.

I could not be more honored to work with each one of them.

I am really looking forward to this four weeklong work term.

Cheers.

— Laura Griffin is a workterm student completing her placement at The Compass newspaper in Carbonear

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, The Compass

Geographic location: Stephenville, Placentia, Carbonear

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  • George Penney
    May 08, 2014 - 21:35

    Laura, quit worrying because you are surely somewhere between normal and super as a journalist.Think positive. The people who work with you will be supportive beyond belief and your career will have a successful launch. Work terms are maturation exercises and highly positive experiences. Be a little daring, ask for help when in doubt and, above all, have confidence in your ability to do the job. You've already shown promise just to be sitting in that COMPASS chair. Good luck from an old 27 yr retiree.