Summer slips by like sand through a child’s fingers, and I wonder where the time went. Just last night I was writing my first blog post, or was it twelve weeks ago? As a college student, summer maintains a special significance, but freedom from class doesn’t mean freedom from work. Yet somehow time still manages to fold in on itself, and twelve weeks pass in the course of a night.
As my internship comes to a close, I’ve been asked to reflect on what I’ve learned here. So, what have I learned this summer? For one, I’ve learned to balance multiple projects. Like I said, freedom from class doesn’t equate to freedom from work, and boy have I had a lot of work to do this summer. Between my part-time job, this internship, and having to read fifteen Victorian and Restoration period novels (and a few novel-length texts) for school next semester, I’ve been busy, busy, busy. And yet I can’t say that I regret anything. The job brings in money, the books help me achieve my academic goals, and this internship has taught me that I truly enjoy the process of putting together a magazine. As the ex-co-editor-in-chief of my college’s lit mag and the ex-editor-in-chief of my high school’s literary-arts magazine, you’d think I would already know that. I mean, this was hardly my first time working on a publication, and I came to The Paragon Journal already aware that I enjoy seeing the physical manifestations of my work. Polished finished products are therefor very important to me, but until now, I’ve never really enjoyed the process of creating them. That’s probably because, prior to this internship, I’ve never actually been interested in leadership. Those editor-in-chief-ships were always incidental positions that I accepted because there wasn’t anyone else willing or able to take them on. Getting to work on a magazine I’m not actually in charge of has been refreshing, but, oddly enough, it’s also taught me that I’m ready to do more. Previous leadership experiences came with little to no training, so I think the big difference between the past and now is that I’m finally working from the ground up. You have to understand how each part of a team works before you can lead a team yourself, and I’ve gained a deeper understanding of how a literary magazine operates by working as a smaller, less crucial member of a really great staff.
Before I sign off on my last blog post, I’d like to say a public thank you to Austin Shay and the other members of The Paragon Journal’s staff for letting me share in this adventure. These people put a lot of time and effort into bringing you this magazine, and it’s been an honor working with them.
And with that, dear readers, I bid you farewell and fall away like this summer or a loosely grasped handful of sand.