Classic summer with summer classics

By: Kylie Widseth

Just hearing the word “classics” makes us all want to groan a little bit – Trust me, I feel your pain. There is something about the idea of required reading that just makes reading not fun. I totally get it. But maybe, just maybe, you should try reading a few classics this summer and see if the lifted pressure of reading these books on your own time actually ends up making these books enjoyable. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite classics!

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Everyone loves a good romance. Okay, maybe not everyone, but if you’re a fan of the romance genre, you will love this book! Elizabeth Bennet feels the pressure from her family to get married, but she just can’t seem to find the right person. Then, she meets Mr. Darcy and everything changes. I loved this book. It’s not your typical romance novel, and the writing style is hard to pick up at first, but this book is a true gem. When I was in high school, some classmates were in charge of casting the students in the class as characters from the book. I was cast as Jane, which was and still is a true honor.  shutterstock_199509770
  2. 1984 – This book follows Winston Smith who just can’t seem to escape from Big Brother (the government). This book mildly scared me, as I think it does everyone, because of how real it is that we could one day turn into this kind of society – especially with today’s technology advancements. Regardless of whether you see the similarities to our world, this book was very addicting, and I could not put it down.
  3. Slaughterhouse Five – This book tells the story of Billy Pilgrim who becomes unstuck in time. He travels back and forth through his life and can’t ever seem to stay in one time for very long. I studied this book for over a month for a school project I did in high school. I had always imagined that I would be sick of it by the time we were done, but it was such a fascinating book. I also got to role-play as Kurt Vonnegut, which was pretty fun.

No matter what is on your TBR list for the summer, I highly recommend trying one of these classics. Even if you’ve read these while in school, try reading them again and see if the idea of reading for fun makes it just a little bit better!

The Young Adult’s Guide to Being a Great Waiter and Waitress: Everything You Need to Know to Earn Better Tips

By: Melody Wolf

Many brave souls, whether they be part-time college students or full-time employees, will enter the restaurant business at one point in their life. In order to help you survive those doubles and rack up those tips, here are a few helpful pointers pulled straight from our book.

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I’m an “old school” vet of waitressing. I started slinging hash at 14. The best advice I can give to new servers is:

  1. Don’t take it personally. Ever.
  2. Listen. “Professional eavesdropping,” as some of the older-thanme timers called it, pays off. Knowing who has what and being able to help someone else helps you.
  3. No matter what some guy says, don’t take it personally. Especially if you work in a truck stop or café environment. Odds are good that he says that to every waitress, everywhere. It’s not personal. Same as most crabby customers — they are just that way. It’s not you.
  4. Make the most of it.

I managed to travel coast to coast, attended all of my kids’ sports and events, paid for my house, and had more personal freedom waitressing then I ever would have in most other “regular” jobs. The perks far outweigh the cons. There is always someone who needs a day off to leave early, which frees up extra hours for you if you want them. It’s easy enough to swap shifts, too.

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Worst restaurant experience: I was working the counter and a man stood up from eating and was dead before he hit the floor. Yes. Really. Talk about ruining a good day. The ensuing drama was pretty epic for us, too. The family of the gentleman tried to sue the restaurant stating that if we hadn’t “let” him eat bacon that day, then he would still be alive. (I’m pretty sure that was NOT the case!)

Best restaurant experience: Boy-o! There’s been so many good experiences. One of my favorites was working a truck stop in Colorado, and a driver couldn’t get home for Christmas, so we all pitched in to get him a plane ticket.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a better waiter/waitress, consider investing in our book. You can place an order here.51+jSvW8y2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

Interview skills to land a summer job

By Melody Wolf

As summer begins, students start to flock the local strip malls in search of a source of income. For those of you looking to do something other than sleeping until 2 p.m., you might want to consider getting a summer job. Here are some tips and trick to landing a job this summer.

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Summer break and winter break are the prime time for seasonal employees – students tend to develop free time after school is out. Sadly, this means more competition. Take the initiative to begin job-searching while you are still in school in order to avoid the crowds. By applying early on, you are showing companies that you are motivated and ready-to-work.

Apply with style

Filling out an application should be treated just as serious as the interview. Make sure to use your best handwriting and ensure each section is neat and legible. Clarity is so important to employers when reviewing applications. If you don’t fully understand a question, don’t hesitate to ask. Be sure to use full sentences instead of shorthand. Lastly, take your time in double-checking all personal information and short responses. The last thing you need is for a random stranger getting offered your job because of one wrong digit!

shutterstock_529728940Dress to impress

Even if you are applying to be a fry cook at McDonalds, you should still look presentable. It Is ALWAYS better to appear overdressed rather than underdressed. For girls, I recommend a nice blouse, clean-pressed ankle pants and a matching pair of closed-toe shoes. For guys, a light button-up is always a go-to, but a polo could just as well suffice. You want your attire to reflect your professionalism – dress to impress!

Be fully engaged

If selected for an interview, that is usually the only chance you are going to get to talk to the hiring manager – there are rarely any do-overs. This is why the initial interview is SO important, and you need to make sure you are not distracted by any outside factors. Leave your phone in your car, fully immerse yourself in the conversation, and ask enticing follow-up questions. If you are engaged with your employer, you will be able to turn a one-sided interview into a full-blown conversation. Don’t let your employer dominate the conversation – show them why you will be a good fit for the company!

51DRUNlQF2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Hopefully, with these tips, your summer will be spent doing a little more than watching Netflix. For a more in-depth look at nailing your next interview, check out our book: The Young Adult’s Survival Guide to Interviews.

So you want to be a fashion designer

By Kylie Widseth

Fashion design first became known in the 1800s when designers would create outfits for elite Europeans to wear. It wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that American designers started to make their presence known. Today, the fashion industry is booming.

Emily Costa, founder and designer of Rebel Redefined, talks about her career in the fashion industry.

Fashion has always been a huge interest of mine, and it’s hard to think of a time when it wasn’t! When I was younger, I found a real joy in dressing up and experimenting with my own individual style. For me, there was always something very unique and special in the ability to convey who I was as a person through my style.

Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 1.50.52 PMGrowing up, I always had an entrepreneurial spirit that really developed and took over while I was in high school. During those years, I dedicated myself to learning as much as I could about the fashion industry as a whole. I was consistently inspired by the idea of owning my own brand. 

Two things really prepared me for this venture; one was attending Teen Vogue’s Fashion University in New York City in 2011 for the first time at age 16. The other was taking a pre-college intensive course at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City on how to start and manage a small business. I used the knowledge I learned from successful designers like Michael Kors and Alexander Wang that spoke at Teen Vogue’s Fashion U and the lessons I learned at FIT that summer and applied them to make my vision come to life.

Screen Shot 2017-05-10 at 1.50.41 PMI was 17 when I launched my brand Rebel Redefined. That same year, my brand was sold on NYLON magazines shop, featured in many articles, and worn by celebrities. I think my brand gained popularity so fast because it came from an authentic vision. People from all over the world really connected with the concept of the brand, which has always been fun, edgy, and a testament to being yourself. 

YAFashionDesign_FCIf you’d like to learn more about the fashion industry, purchase our book, So You Want to be a Fashion Designer!

Perfecting your resume

By Kylie Widseth

Job interviews can be tricky, and the resume that lands you the interview can be even trickier. But don’t worry! We have compiled a list of some of the most important items to remember when designing your resume.

  • shutterstock_360053675Keep it at one page

This kind of goes off my previous note. You can have an overwhelming amount of experience and a wide range of involvement, but you must make sure your resume is only one page! Sometimes employers won’t even look at your resume if it’s over a page. There are some tricks you can use if you have so much relevant experience. Consider making your resume two columns; consider making the font smaller, etc.

  • It’s not about the number of activities/jobs

Especially in school, people think it’s best to join a million different organizations just to be able to add them to your resume. This is actually not the case; oftentimes companies want to see your growth over the years in one particular area. For example, in my case, I was in newspaper for three years in high school. When employers look at my resume, they will see the growth I made in newspaper from a focus on writing to eventually video editing and even working my way to become a co-editor.shutterstock_373089328

  • It’s not all about being paid

I know this is a tough one in this day and age, but some important resume builders don’t always include a pay. Look into taking non-paid internships and doing volunteer work related to your dream job. In my case, my dream job is to continue working in publishing in any capacity that I can. This summer, I decided to volunteer at a library because I still want to be able to keep my hands on books. I may not physically be involved with the book-making process while at the library, but I am still very much involved with getting books in the hands of readers.

  • Don’t include every job you’ve ever had

I’ve had plenty of jobs over the years, but I don’t include every single one on my resume because some of them aren’t relevant. I pick the ones that really show my strengths, and you guessed it, are relevant to my dream job. As much as I’ve loved my time at AMC Theatres, Toys “R” Us, and Vala’s Pumpkin Patch (thanks, guys), they aren’t very relevant to my future in the publishing industry. That’s not to say that these companies mentioned aren’t relevant to any job. For example, if I were to apply to Disney, those jobs would be pretty relevant to a job with Disney. Make sure to only include jobs on your resume that are relevant to the job you are applying for.

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51DRUNlQF2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_While these are some tips to remember when making your resume, there is always more you can do! Check out our book, The Young Adult’s Survival Guide to Interviews, for more tips and tricks on how to have a perfect resume and land an interview!

 

Make a Splash with Summer Reads

By Danielle Lieneman and Kylie Widseth

It is officially summer for us here at Atlantic Teen, which means it is time to catch up on our pleasure reading. No matter what type of books you like, there is sure to be a book that is just waiting to be read by you!

A Court of War and Ruin

The latest installment of the highly acclaimed A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Feyre Archeron has proved that she will do anything to protect her family. With war approaching, Feyre enters the lion’s den with one goal in mind. Bring down her enemies, reunite with the people she loves most, and stop a war that could destroy them all.

13 Reasons Why

The recent Netflix series that has taken the world by storm. This book tells the story of Hannah Baker, a teenaged girl who has recently commit suicide, and her friend, Clay, as he uncovers tapes that lead to the mystery and explanation of what led Hannah to commit suicide. This story and series goes to show that there is more to someone than meets the eye.

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What would life be like if you were allergic to everything? Maddy has been stuck in her house since birth because she is allergic to everything and going outside would kill her. She’s never really wanted to go outside until a cute boy named Olly moves in across the street, and he changes everything, everything. The movie adaptation of this book hits theaters on May 19th.

Confess

When searching for a job actually leads you to finding the love of your life. Auburn walks into an art studio one day looking for a job when she finds Owen who she finds herself falling in love with. She soon discovers that he is keeping a few secrets from her, one that could ultimately tear them apart. After finishing this book, watch the series adaptation on go90.com

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A non-fiction book filled with stories, poems, and pictures by YouTuber Connor Franta. Connor Franta has been through a lot even at the young age of 24, he was one of the first YouTubers to post a video coming out as being gay and has continued to inspire young people everywhere. This novel is simply beautiful filled with exquisite photos and extraordinary prose.

Harry Potter

Follow Harry and his friends through the trials and tribulations of growing up with the added struggles of learning magic and fighting dark magic. If you’ve already read Harry Potter, reread a classic and relive your childhood. If you have (somehow) never read this famous series, get to reading and find out what all of the fuss is about.

The Fault in Our Stars

The tears will be nonstop, but you will soon find yourself lost in the story of Hazel and Augustus. Watch as they battle terminal cancer and yet some manage to find love and friendship amidst the pain. The story is filled with memorable characters and quotable lines.

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High school is hard, there’s no doubt about that. Charlie is the quintessential awkward and shy teenager trying to discover himself. Whether you find yourself relating to Charlie or not, this book has many lessons that people of all ages can really learn from.

The Book Thief

World War II has never been experienced like this. Told from the perspective of Death, learn about Liesel and her family’s experiences during the war. She uses books and storytelling to attempt to fight off the despair of the war, and befriends the Jewish man her family is hiding. The story, as told by the narrator of Death, takes some time to get used to but once you this will be a story that will leave a lasting impression and stay with you for many years to come.

What is on your reading list this summer? We are always looking for new books to read!

No More Chicken Sandwiches, and Other Perks of Working for Atlantic

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This sandwich looks amazing right? Well it wasn’t after 2.5 years…

I’m not going to lie. When I got the email asking if I was still interested in working for
Atlantic Publishing, my first thought was that I could finally quit my job at Chick-Fil-A. That was two and a half years of lunch rushes, broken ice cream machines, and fried chicken that would be replaced with an office job doing what I love: inspiring people with the power of books.

When I started five months ago, I didn’t quite know what to expect. While I had repeatedly told myself that a career in the publishing industry was the correct path for me, part of me was worried that I would get there and hate it. Another part of me was apprehensive about the focus on YA and nonfiction because I had never thought about either of those genres as an option. Well between you and me, I was completely wrong. I love publishing. I love nonfiction. I love the YA world.  As a kid I spent more time than I would care to admit in our school library, but let’s just say that the librarians knew my name, reading level, and the books I had already read. They even would keep new arrivals behind the desk for me to go through. I love having the chance to help create new and engaging content that will hopefully impact students like I was impacted.

As one of two marketing interns with no real marketing director above us other than the president of the company, I had an unexpected amount of freedom and a variety of tasks. Some days I would spend hours on Amazon creating ads and updating product descriptions. Other days I would do revisions for an updated edition of our massive Restaurant Managers Handbook. No matter what the rest of my day consisted of, the best part of any day was managing this blog and social media. It’s incredibly rewarding to know that people are reading the words I’ve written and being influenced by them.

keywordsThe publishing industry isn’t always glamorous or exciting. Those hours on Amazon? I can’t say that they’re my favorite part of my job responsibilities, but at the same time I love being able to physically see the impact that my work has on the company when we make a sale.  In the relatively short time that I have been here, many of the ads that I have worked on directly created over five hundred to a thousand dollars in sales.

This semester has been an incredible learning experience. I couldn’t be more grateful to Rebekah, Doug, and Lisa for providing me with the opportunity to learn and grow or to my fellow interns who made the workday so fun.

I can’t wait to continue working here full time next year! Keep reading and keep writing!

 

FINISHING MY CHAPTER WITH ATLANTIC PUBLISHING

By: Melody Wolf

My first ever internship was this past fall at the Gainesville Regional Airport. I dabbled with social media, press releases and event planning. I absolutely loved my job, but as the semester ended, I had to reroute. In a short amount of time, I found myself scrambling to find an internship, alongside many other J-School students. I logged onto the career day site and began my search for work.

I wanted a place with a good work environment. I wanted a group of coworkers who took my thoughts into consideration. And most importantly, I wanted a place that would give me the opportunity to grow. I know that as a second-year college student with minimal work experience I should not be making requests or demands or have a make-or-break checklist. But I can honestly say that working for this company has checked off every box and exceeded my expectations in every way possible.

Atlantic Publishing gave me creative freedom that I was looking for. I was encouraged to voice my opinions and interject whenever I saw fit. Every time all of the interns were summoned to the big brown conference table, I always knew I would have my time to speak… because they actually CARED what I had to say – you don’t find that too often as a struggling college undergrad.

Interning here has also taught me the importance of trial and error. We tried everything from switching email marketing programs to various A/B testing methods on social media platforms. Most of my position was structured in a learn-as-you-go format… in other words not very structured at all. There was no manual or step-by-step guide, but rather the unique perspectives of a small group of people who just wanted what was best for the company. We helped each other out, and the close proximity of our circle made me realize how important it is to have each other’s backs. We’re all in this together! *cue Zac Efron’s mediocre dance skills*

As I end my time here at Atlantic, I have to recognize a few people who helped me maximize my potential. Lisa, thank you for asking me how I wanted to approach every project. You trusted me to do things my own way, which in turn made me feel more accomplished as an individual. Doug, thank you allowing me to take on so much responsibility. I know that this company is such a prominent part of your life, and I know you would never put it in any sort of jeopardy – so thanks for giving me the chance to work to make it better.

Overall, I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a single thing. I have grown substantially, both personally and professionally. For anyone who is semi-interested in pursuing a career in communications or even marketing, I highly recommend looking into interning here for the people, the environment, and the experience. One thing is for sure, your work days and your coffee cup will always be full – guaranteed.

A Dream Job: My Time at Atlantic Publishing

By Kylie Widseth

I feel like my journey (I know, that’s cheesy, calm down) with Atlantic Publishing began when I first scrolled through the companies that would be at career day for my college.

Now, I am a journalism major, but after delving into news, so much, so often I began to burn out. I still love journalism, and I could never ever see myself changing my major. I scrolled through the list of employers thinking that was no way I would find a book publisher, my new found dream job.

I was incredibly shocked to see Atlantic under the list of employers, and I low-key stalked Atlantic on every social media platform I could find. Day in and day out I found new information about the company and fell more and more in love with everything that I found.

I had a number of interviews on career day, but Atlantic was the one I really wanted to get right.

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An actual photo from my interview, probably.

The interview was probably one of the best interviews I’ve ever had and probably my favorite one so far. The interview was fun and felt so much like a conversation rather than an invasion into “what are your strengths and weaknesses?”

I luckily got hired. I hope you already drew that conclusion as here I am writing this post.

I’ve genuinely loved every day of work at Atlantic. I was recently asked by someone what my favorite and least favorite parts of my job are. I raved and raved about the things I loved and when it came to things I didn’t like, I really couldn’t come up with anything. Now, this person thought I was lying, but I really wasn’t. I know the quote is so cheesy, but I truly believe, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

I’ve always been the one in my friend group to be requested to edit papers or asked questions like “does this sound too harsh?” and I always did that for free. But now I actually get paid to edit people’s work; this is the actual dream job.shutterstock_163383425

I really love how every day of work is completely different. I get assigned so many different tasks that if I start to get burned out by looking at stock photos, I can change gears and edit a book and come back to the photos later.

One of the most fun things about editing nonfiction books is that I learn so much while editing them. Countless times I would text my parents and say, “did you know…” I’ve always known that there were so many steps in the book publishing process, but you really begin to learn and understand the many stages when working for a publishing company. I am eager for the time to come when I get to see a book I edited, added pictures to, or wrote a case study for is published in a physical format so that I can literally hold the work that I helped create.

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I’m grateful to Atlantic for everything they have given to me; I’ve learned so many things over this past semester while working here. I’m thankful that they aren’t getting rid of me just yet and that I can continue to work here until the fall when I graduate. No, I’m not crying, you’re crying.

I’m incredibly excited to see what the future holds for me at this company.

The Art of Editing, Mysterious Cats, and Phone Scams: My Time at Atlantic Publishing

By Yvonne Bertovich

During my first day in the office at Atlantic Publishing last July, the phone rang and one of my fellow interns picked it up. I thought to myself, “Obviously that must be pretty important. Probably some designer or author following up.. I’m glad I’m not the one answering.” I’m one of those people who gets all twisty inside when I don’t know the answer to something, but I’m definitely quick to admit my shortcomings. Listening in to that phone conversation provided me with my first lesson about Atlantic. “Ma’am, I’m sorry, we’re actually Atlantic Publishing.. You’re referring to Atlantic Publishers. We’ve found out that’s actually a scam company claiming to be based in Colorado.” OK, noted. I work for Atlantic Publishing — names are a big deal, people.

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Another gem from Shutterstock, but honestly not an exaggerated visual representation of these calls.

Unfortunately for us, it was a rare day in the office if we didn’t receive at least two or three accusatory phone calls (usually from older folks) asking where in the heck their magazines were. “Atlantic Publishers” (whoever they are) sends out fraudulent mailers warning magazine subscribers to hurry up and send them money because their subscriptions are running out. Due to the influx of phone calls we received, clearly a lot of people fell for it and thought it was us.

Atlantic Publishing specializes in adult and young adult nonfiction books on a wide variety of topics from taking care of worms to becoming a fashion designer. It’s truly a fascinating range. As an editorial intern, you might assume that every day of work would be about the same — but it hasn’t been. Working at a book publishing company, I assumed I’d constantly be surrounded by books, both old and new, both crisp and shiny or even sour and water damaged. Sure, we have a few books in our office, and our distributing warehouse is right on-site too, but most of my job entails a lot of computer work. Microsoft Word has quickly become my domain, even though I tried to make Pages a thing for a large portion of my life (sorry, Apple).

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I have edited and proofed and added my own bits here and there to manuscripts  for works about the Peace Corps, a massive handbook for restaurant managers, a book about John Quincy Adams, a book about the Russian Revolution, a guide for waiters and waitresses, how to care for cats, how to become a U.S citizen, how to survive long distance relationships, a guide for filmmakers, a guide to studying, a guide for new professors and new teachers, a book about living a healthy lifestyle, etc. I’m forgetting many, I’m sure. I was even able to undertake a re-write project for a young adult’s book on pet-sitting (coming soon) and write regular blog posts.

One of my favorite moments was helping interview the second-oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, Lt. Jim Downing, for a book in our historical anniversary series. Downing, who had recently celebrated birthday number 1-0-3, provided a wealth of information in a warm, yet lulling voice. You could feel how much the ordeal stuck with him. Downing, also interviewed in publications such as Time Magazine, shared a story of how he helped send handwritten letters home to troops’ families — being especially useful in narrating the words of those who were recovering in the infirmary. He even took on the painful task of gathering dog tags of the deceased and further detailing deaths to family members overseas. He knew all of his 1,500 shipmates on the USS Virginia personally, because of his position as postmaster on the ship. He’s not sure how many handwritten letters he sent, but he estimated well into the hundreds.

Like Downing, I believe there’s something very special and personal in handwritten letters. Another small project I loved at Atlantic was when I wrote thank you notes to contributors to the young adult title “So You Want to Be a Fashion Designer.” The main contributor was the winner of Project Runway Junior, and I recognized the names of several other contributors from the regular version of the show.

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Considering that I have been involved with Atlantic for roughly 10 months, the office landscape has changed in small ways (for example, there was an office cat at one point that mysteriously came and went who I lovingly named LeBron), but my acquisition of knowledge has remained pretty steady, as well as my love of sorting through hundreds of corny stock photos to find ones worthy of use for our books (personally, I think the cornier the better, but it’s all about the readers).

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One of my favorites that Shutterstock had to offer when I searched for “college students.”

Once you assume the role of an editor of other people’s work — real work that will be produced sold in the real world — it’s hard to turn this switch off when proofreading your own writing. I am incredibly thankful to have gained an even greater appreciation for the written word and yes, even good grammar.

Being an editorial intern all these months hasn’t made me into a perfect writer, no. That’s the beauty of writing. It’s ever-fluid and ever-changing. One word swap can change the meaning of a whole block of text. It’s one of those areas where there is always room for improvement. I’ll read something I wrote three months ago, three weeks ago, or even three days ago and scoff at myself, “Wow, what was I thinking.” Some people call it self-deprecation but I call it fun. Your toughest opponent in life is yourself (or some other weird slogan with an 80s aerobic gym flavor). Or, in some cool cases too, I’ll reread something I’ve written and re-inspire myself for a current project or enjoy revisiting something I’m proud of.

Working at Atlantic has caused me to be even more critical, analytical, and curious. It has reaffirmed that I’m at least somewhat on the right path to having a successful career due to the support I’ve received from my editors Rebekah and Lisa, and my boss, Doug. I’m honestly just thankful it got me out of the newsroom, at least for a while. I may be a journalism major, but I’m no newsie.