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Intern FarewellAug 10, 2012 | News Archive
Intern Desiree Fritz, relfects on her internship with WURD.
I've been interning at 900am WURD for the past three months and I can still remember how I felt walking into the Penn Treaty building on May 16th. I was apprehensive because I had a lot on my shoulders; being the daughter of a WURD producer and host I felt the need to be especially professional. I didn’t want to disappoint my father, or be a poor reflection of my University.
As I reflect on my time here, this experience has transformed me more than I anticipated. I never imagined that I’d learn as much about my strengths and weaknesses. This experience has taught me that if I spend time defeating myself, I will be defeated because confidence in my abilities is required for success.
From May to the end of June, I worked with Melissa Henderson on digital media. This included a lot of writing and a lot of interaction with listeners through various social media outlets. Before I started working with Melissa, I convinced myself that this would be an area that I would struggle. While I’ve always loved writing, I’ve turned away from it for a potential profession because I do not feel that I can really use my creative writing skills in a journalistic matter. As a communications student, I know that there is a specific difference between news writing and every other type of writing, which I’ve shied away from. However I didn’t want to disappoint anyone, I wanted to work hard to overcome my own insecurities and put out good work.
As the weeks went passed I began to feel increasingly disappointed in myself. I allowed myself be defeated by my perception. Therefore, I was not content with my performance. I felt that I wasn’t doing my best work and that I should be doing more. I expressed my dissatisfaction, but WURD was patient with me, allowing me to move on to another department. I began working with Tiffani Gilliam in production.
Naturally I was nervous to try and tackle this field as well. I was afraid that it would be overwhelming and that I wouldn’t learn quickly enough. When I began working with Tiffani, I learned that I can be a producer and that it takes patience and resilience to develop a unique style. I began to feel very comfortable in the producer’s seat and today I know that I’ve found something that I can be passionate about in radio.
I also took on the intern “Summer Buzz” segments. I was required to create content for a two-minute piece that aired weekly during the Wake Up with Bill show. The confidence that I’d gained from excelling in production lead me to take the initiative to edit and produce the summer buzz on my own. This is what I discovered that I could be passionate about. Before I experimented with editing audio, I never described myself as creative. I felt that my creativity began and ended with poetry, and now I’ve found something else that I can be excited about. I love taking the pieces from merely an idea to a fully produced piece of work and I’m hoping that I can continue to see the skills that I’ve acquired here.
I’m grateful for my experience at WURD. I’ve been blessed to have such patient mentors who've had my best interest at heart the entire time. They saw my potential and challenged me to reach it. Today I leave the WURD studios with solid skills that will benefit my future. I'm leaving confident and eager graduate and December and enter the work world.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO INTERN SUMMER BUZZ
Posted By: Desiree Fritz, WURD internNews