Well, guys, it’s over (for now). My semester in Florence with Clools has nearly come to an end. I remember during the first month I was here how miserable I was and just how fiercely I wanted to go home. I was counting down the days and just praying for October to arrive just so I felt like time had passed. It’s now November. October came and went in the blink of an eye. Maybe that’s the real reason Doctor Who told us not to blink. Who’s Doctor Who you are probably asking? Google it. Read about it. Watch it. It’ll be good for you. Anyway, back to the point of my rant. I’m ready to go home. I’m ready to see my parents, my Lab, and my cat. I’m ready to eat Chick-fil-a and Chipotle and sleep in my own bed.
However, despite my incredibly rough start in Florence, part of me doesn’t want to leave. I feel like I’m finally starting to establish a real life here and just as it’s beginning, it’s ending. I will never deny that working for Clools had a lot to do with that. Aside from giving me something I enjoyed, Clools gave me the stability I desperately needed and a new set of people with different experiences I could turn to when times got rough. Clools is my third internship, but the only one to date in which I felt like I mattered and the work I did mattered. My first two internships were both journalism-based and I was very much treated like an intern. Ninety percent of the work I did was taking a press release and turning it into an article. At the risk of sounding cocky, it was below my skill level. I was capable of more than just rewriting press releases. With Clools I never felt like things were too easy. Sure some things were easier than others, but even the stuff that wasn’t as challenging, like posting soft content, was great because I was learning and acquiring new skills.
Coming into this I had A TON of writing experience. Two of my three majors are writing-centered, my job at university is writing-centered, and my previous internships were writing-centered. Needless to say, I love to write. When I discovered blogging would be a part of my regular responsibilities, I was delighted. I’ve learned so much more than I expected to learn about blogging. I learned how to successfully balance professional and personal writing. As my time with Clools approaches its end, I am much better able to incorporate personal anecdotes, my voice, and what I want out of the piece with the professional purpose the piece has. It’s important to have professional writing goals and purposes, but at the same time, I need to write interesting, entertaining things people want to read. Now that may mean little to many people, but as someone who plans on spending the rest of her life writing, having the aforementioned skills means a lot.
During my interview with Suzi, she told me to expect social media and blogging primarily, with some other stuff thrown in. Of the other stuff thrown in, my favorite (kind of) was writing to internship programs to start a relationship with them. I say sort of because while I want other interns to get in on this amazing experience, as the first ever Clools intern, I feel a little protective over what I’ve contributed to creating and the thought of being replaced and some other intern doing my job doesn’t totally sit well with me. Nevertheless, an intern has to do what she’s told and lo and behold, two out of the five (so far) programs wrote back and Clools is getting a new intern in January. I do hope she loves working for Clools as much as I did and that she does well, but another part of me hopes Suzi and Lorenzo will always remember me as their first Clools intern.