J-Student Woe #2: There’s no such thing as “stopping by the newsroom”

I’ve decided to write this one in movie-trailer voice-over style.

It was supposed to be half-an-hour of Final Cut training. She was going to sit for 30 minutes, then leave to make a zumba class and multiple other engagements she held dear to her that evening.

But her editor had other plans…

Watch how one journalism student’s quick stop by the newsroom turned into a three-hour affair in, “There’s No Such Thing as Stopping by the Newsroom.” Christmas 2011.

Okay, to be fair, Jeanne needed my help on something and I was totally willing to oblige her, since she is my boss and all. Also, the reason I stuck around the newsroom wasn’t because of the project I helped her with, but for a nice long argument with two fellow reporters over Zooey Deschanel and “(500) Days of Summer.”

(I lost that debate, but they ganged up on me. I’m sorry I wasn’t getting over a bad breakup when I saw it! Maybe if I was, I would have enjoyed it more! Don’t ostracize me!)

Anyway, I’m learning that there’s no such thing as a quick stop by the Missourian just because I always find something to do, someone to talk to or a project that needs to be picked up. It’s okay, but it’s something I need to keep in mind for future “Can I just quickly go into the Missourian?” moments. I didn’t make zumba class tonight, but I did get to yoga, so something went right.

As for the double life: my friend Noah helped me figure it out tonight. The reason we live like this is because we’re transitioning from being students to professionals. We can’t just turn off the student part and turn on the professional part; we need training in both areas — how to let one go and how to pick one up. Life’s just going to be tough for a while, is all, and hopefully it will pay off in the end.

But we can still pretend to be Batman, right?


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  1. Yeah we can still pretend to be Batman! Noah speaks wise words, though. :)

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