Class is in session

Posted in College X, Internship, Kill Jill, Personal on February 10, 2010 by Jill

Oh, crap.

I thought after Internship II, school would be a freaking cake walk. I thought wrong.

It’s going to be stressful. And difficult. And annoying.

I don’t even have any interesting classes to go to. And by that, I mean I don’t have any classes. I’m just doing two large magazine article-size stories (which I like doing but they take up a lot of time) and a butt-load of lame stories. I have to cover court a couple times and do a sports story and do some municipal and federal-type stories. Yuck, gross, vomit.

And that’s why I’m awake right now, writing this at 2am. Because I am freaking out.

Post-Internship Blab

Posted in Apartment X, City X, Community X, Internship, Kill Jill, Personal, Residence X, Work on February 2, 2010 by Jill

So. There you have it. My four weeks of my second news office internship are officially over. I’m sitting on my bed, listening to some old-school Coldplay, replaying the experience in my head.

And, in addition, I turn 22 tomorrow.

Overall, it was a very positive experience. Everyone I talked to in Community X was suspiciously pleasant and willing to help me out. My co-workers were all very nice. I can see myself missing them sooner, rather than later. (But I can’t miss them too soon, because I’m dropping in tomorrow to pick up a few copies of this week’s newspaper.)

I learned several things while on this internship. Here are a few:

  • French vanilla cappuccino is delicious. In fact, I think I’ve become an addict since my editor bought me one nearly every day.
  • Any newspaper that will allow an intern to write a weekly column is either awesome or very stupid. Maybe both. But I enjoyed having that opportunity anyway.
  • Covering the death of a 20-something-year-old is really tough. Having a friend who knows the victim makes it much, much harder. Above is a photo from that event.
  • On the other hand, talking to a police officer about a non-fatal hit-and-run first thing in the morning is a piece of cake after you’ve done a story about someone who died.
  • Weekly newspapers are awesome. They allow for flexibility and more creativity in the actual writing process. I really enjoyed having that freedom. (Now. If only more weekly newspapers would move to City X. Then we’d be all set.)
  • Weekly newspapers are very different from a daily. I only felt stressed once in four weeks- and that’s only because I scheduled my interviews too close together, all in one. Stupid me.
  • One must always double-check the spelling of a name. This seems like it would be obvious. Mostly because it is. I’d never done that before last week. But the world didn’t end. I sent him an apology email before I got a chance to read the article. Thankfully, he was a sweetheart. I realize some people would’ve been an a-hole about it, but not this guy. Phew.
  • Give yourself plenty of time. I rushed to an interview one morning. I didn’t realize our meeting place was at the top of a hill. I was literally dripping in sweat while doing an interview. And, of course, he was fairly hot. (Dammit.)
  • I could never work in a town where I didn’t have any friends. Socially, I’m fairly odd. I don’t know how to meet people outside of work and school. I met up with a couple of friends from high school while in Community X but, generally, I was lonely for four weeks. I felt like I was missing so much, back in City X. My friends always sound like they were having so much fun together, without me.

But I’ll be back in City X on Saturday and I’m having a combination birthday thing with some friends that night. We’re all suiting up. Should be a laugh.

In other news…

  • We have a new puppy! 😀 Her name is Jessie and she’s about 12 weeks old. She’s a feisty monster who likes to chew on my hair, nose, ears, fingers and toes- but I love her to pieces.
  • Jenn has found us a house to rent for the summer and the following school year. It’s gorgeous! And the rent is very reasonable. And that means I’ll be staying in City X for the summer for the first time, having a full-time job for the first time (excluding unpaid internships) and having my first rent-type situation. (I’m really looking forward to moving out of Residence X though.) So, that should lead to some adventures, problems… and plenty of blog post material.

See? Kill Jill will live on. Go figure.

Pre-Internship Blab

Posted in Community X, Internship, Kill Jill, Personal, Work on January 5, 2010 by Jill

Arrived today in Community X, a small college town in a state/province that I’ve never spent much time in. I start work at the town’s weekly paper tomorrow morning, bright and early. Yay internship.

Ugh. “Bright” and “early.” Those two words are never welcome when one’s just been on Christmas break. Erlack.

I was supposed to start working yesterday morning but bad weather delayed me by two days. I hope those two days aren’t held against me. Hmmm. I chose a weekly newspaper this year because I was at a daily newspaper and I was stressed out of my eyeballs. I’m hoping things are a little less hectic at this place.

But either way, I’ll let you know.

How to Make Pumping Gas Awkward

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, How-To, Money Honey, Tips on January 4, 2010 by Jill

(My friend Jaclyn wrote this, as it happened to her recently.)

(Photo by futureatlas.com.)

  1. Pay at the pump before pumping the gas. To make this awkward, make sure you somehow are unable to access the money in you account. Try enough times that the cashier inside says he is coming out to help in a second.
  2. Wait….wait….waaaait…….until a random also pumping gas come to help. To increase awkwardness, believe him when he says you can pre-pay inside.
  3. Go ask the cashier if you can pay inside before pumping gas. When he says you have to pump first, insist you HAVE the money, you just don’t know if you can access it for some reason.
  4. Find a $10 in you purse to hold you over until you can get to the bank to remove the rest of you money. Pump the gas.
  5. (Now here is the tricky part!) Make sure the $10 bill blows away in the wind as you are walking inside.
  6. Be sure to be with friends who have no money. That way, they can’t help at all. As you go in, pray to meet strangers who found your bill and are kind enough to give it back.
  7. Go to the bank, get the rest of your money, go back to the same station (to prove you did indeed have the money all along) then meet up with the guy who found your money as you are leaving.
  8. Tell him you in fact do not want his number when he asks. Then laugh along when he says he was kidding.

2009: A Year In Review

Posted in College Stuff, General, Kill Jill, Personal on December 31, 2009 by Jill

4219923214_11671894e2Despite the deaths of superstars Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Brittany Murphy and David Carradine, 2009 was a great year.

I mean, let’s discuss all the good things that happened. There was… um… that thing… with that guy… in that place…

OK. So, maybe 2009 sucked.

Well, that’s being a little vague, I suppose. A quick Google search of “2009 events” showed the year to be quite eventful.

  • Barack Obama was inaugurated, becoming the first black president.
  • Iowa and Vermont legalized same sex marriage.
  • Tiger Woods was hit in the head with a golf club, proving irony is still amusing.

(This is the part where I side-step the global economic crisis, H1N1 and the continuing conflicts in the middle east. A-hem.)

For me personally, it was good. I finished my first year of college, I did a 4-week internship at a daily newspaper and didn’t get hit by a car. So, all of those things are pretty positive in my opinion.

With that being said, Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2010 is better than this year was.

(Photo courtesy of Optical illusion.)

Kill Jill’s Resolutions For 2010

Posted in Internship, Kill Jill, Personal on December 31, 2009 by Jill

I hope everyone has a simply smashing holiday. Here are some goals that I plan on… um… looking into in 2010.

  1. No chips. I actually gave up eating chips this summer. I’d just like to continue this goal.
  2. Continue not smoking. I don’t smoke. Never have. I’d like to continue not smoking in 2010.
  3. Impress people. I want to do well in my second newsroom internship, which starts on Monday. (Yikes.)
  4. Avoid a full hard-drive. I have to stop downloading legally acquiring new TV shows and movies before watching the old ones I haven’t gotten around to watching yet.
  5. Avoid relying on credit card too much. This speaks for itself.

So! What goals are you guys going to attempt and then forget about by February?

Last Minute Gifts on the Cheap

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, How-To, Links, Money Honey, Tips, Web on December 20, 2009 by Jill

Students have no money. We all know this. Here are some websites to help you find cool, creative gifts for low-ish prices. Happy holidays and happy hunting!