I was excited to intern for the spring semester. I felt like a seasoned professional. I had experienced all there was to experience within the Writing Arts Internship… or so I thought. This semester tested my time management and my ability to keep deadlines. I had a full schedule and plenty of work to accomplish.
Flyers and Flyers, Oh My!
While I only had one experience before with Piktochart, I loved creating posters and visuals. I was able to take some creative liberty and create something that would be posted on social media or around campus that would draw people in. I was able to make posters for events like the Resume Workshop and new courses like Writing Comedy. I was able to make edits to pre-existing visuals and keep things updated. It was a great feeling to finish a poster and be able to send it out for approval and then finally post it on social media.
Facebook a Hoot with Activity!
And this semester I was ready. I knew that running an active social media account was no easy task. But with plenty of events, new courses, and weekly Writing Arts Updates, our Facebook page was alive with activity! Speaking of updates, I was able to continue working with Stephen Royek and the “Rowan Writing Arts Events Update”.
Steve Royek and the Rowan Writing Arts Events Updates
Every Monday, and sometimes Tuesday, I would keep my eyes on my email for the newest addition of Stephen Royek’s “Rowan Writing Arts Events Update”. Each came with upcoming events, like a Glassworks Reading or Resume Workshop, reminders for important dates, like course registration, and opportunities to get involved on Rowan’s campus. He kept both me and the department in the loop!
Reviving Student Groups on the Web
Of course, besides posting the updates to rowanwritingarts.org, I also worked on page maintenance. I helped create pages for new classes, and keep current pages up to date. As we explored the website for areas that needed work, I realized that the Student Groups page was slacking. We had most of the writing organizations listed on the general page, but we only had two specific pages for Avant and the Rowan Writing Arts Club. I took to work reaching out to each undergraduate writing organization for a description, social media, contact information, and some sort of picture of the members or something that showcased their work. I’m happy to say that all current undergraduate writing organizations are listed under the Student Groups part of our website.
Alumni: A Look into the Future and the Past
Further exploration into the website led us to the Alumni portion. It hadn’t been updated since 2016, which left plenty of time for new alumni and new professional opportunities. We needed to reach out to all Writing Arts alumni and check in on their professional accomplishments since graduating from Rowan University. I was incredibly apprehensive about taking on the project. It felt large scale and I had to navigate areas of professional communication that I hadn’t had to explore yet. It was a learning process that I am grateful for and I like I’ve been able to explore life after Rowan through this project.
The Writer's Insider
Since the Alumni project was my largest and most time-consuming project of the semester, I decided to share the experience in the Writer’s Insider. One of the downsides was that my apprehension and procrastination within the project overlapped with draft deadlines. This meant a half-completed first draft that kicked me into high gear productivity. I was able to complete the the project and the article with deadline time to spare. Although last semester, I found myself struggling with the tone and language to use within the article, I feel like I was able to hone in on a voice that felt both professional and like “me”.
Creative Nonfiction and a Change in Perspective
This spring semester, the Writing Arts department was hiring for a Creative Nonfiction professor. As part of the internship, we attended and participating in the readings and student meetings with each candidate. I wasn’t able to attend the student meetings, but I attended each reading and felt that I was able to get a feel for the candidates without any obstacle. It was an eye-opening experience to listen to the readings and experiences of each candidate. They each gave me a new aspect of Creative Nonfiction to appreciate, which before this, was a genre I worked to avoid. I’m glad they were able to change my perspective.
It All Comes Full Circle
This semester felt holistic. I was working on a variety of projects that each held me accountable and sometimes pushed my limits. I feel a step closer to “professional” and like I can take on any assignment. I’m glad that I pushed my boundaries and was able to take a sneak peek into life after Rowan University. And I can’t wait to see what it holds for me in the future.