The real struggle of being a radio intern comes not from the hours or lack of nap room, as Intern Phil so eloquently pointed out, but rather the need to fit in.
Being that most of us are nearing the end of our education or, like me, are recent graduates -- finding our place in the world is an important undertaking. Between balancing real jobs, attending class, doing homework, maintaining a social life and, heaven forbid, making time to sleep around our hectic intern lifestyle, it's crucial to feel like a part of the team.
Stunt explained upon accepting our internship that receiving a nickname would play a vital role in our initiation to the Radio Mankato street team. Naturally, we all looked forward to receiving what we hoped would be flattering nicknames.
As a seasoned vet of the intern team, I've seen many nicknames come and go. Intern Uh-Oh, Top Gun and D. -- I even had the opportunity to dub a new intern "Rook."
That being said, I still don't have a nickname. Apparently Intern Chelsea is catchy enough on its own.
Ayyy Intern Phil here. I haven't actually written any of these blog entries to this point, but I figured it was time to contribute to this wonderful series. While looking back as some of the past entries, I noticed that while the writing has been absolutely immaculate and the stories beyond fascinating, there hasn’t been much mention of actual intern problems. Since, of course, the blog is titled #InternProblems, I feel we have been slightly misleading, and it’s time to set the record straight. Therefore, I will list here a number of serious problems that other interns and I have encountered while working at this very station..
Problem 1: Not enough money. Give me money please.
Problem 2: The lighting situation is at times questionable. This is actually because Stunt chooses to work with the lights off. That is not normal. Gotta love him, though.
Problem 3: Bree House sometimes builds up stories that aren’t really that interesting, but then doesn’t emphasize actually good stories????
Example A: You are NOT gonna believe what happened today!!!.. I totally spilled toothpaste on my favorite shirt!!
Example B: Yeah I got in a crash the other day. The windows like shattered and stuff.
Problem 4: One time I had to film a Vlog for Stunt.. AND IT WAS RAINING. Can you imagine the slight inconvenience?
Problem 5: We have to get up kind of early sometimes.
Problem 6: One time we had an intern meeting at Wow Zone and all played some Laser Tag. I didn’t win. A real confidence deflator that was. (Yes it was free laser tag (and pizza), but that’s besides the point here).
Problem 7: No nap room. How am I suppose to nap?
So there you have it. I know what you’re thinking.. “How do you cope!?”. Well we just take each day one at a time and we push through it. We appreciate your sympathies for the obviously difficult conditions in which we are forced to endure. I sometimes think I’m being a bit melodramatic, but after creating this list, clearly not! Honestly, though, it's pretty fun here!
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ATTENTION: On a more serious note, I want to point out that there are people elsewhere in the world, who are experiencing actually serious problems right now. Many of you have probably heard about the recent devastation in the Phillipines, with a typhoon that has taken the lives of over 10,000 people. Hot 96.7 sends its thoughts to the victims, and here is a link to a Huffington Post article, which shows how you can help!
As an intern, we get to attend tons of local events that normally we may not think of attending.
One of the ones I wouldn't have thought of going to voluntarily was the Mankato Marathon that occurred this past weekend.
Though breezy and teeth-chattering cold for non-runners, we had the opportunity to watch an actual wedding, hear from the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon and watch runners receive their awards for running farther and better than we ever could. Intern Kendra was even inspired to add running a 5k to her bucket list.
The main thing I learned from the event was to always plan ahead and to never trust the weather app on my smart phone. Next time, I'm bringing mittens and a massive thermos of hot chocolate to keep warm.
Today was the first day I began to learn how to use the equiptment we record #SEXDECODED on.
While it was all good and interesting, there were a lot of buttons. A lot.
It's probably really easy to understand once you actually are hands on and recording yourself. But being that today was a day for learning and observation, I didn't get to the hands on bit. Maybe next week Stunt will graciously take the training wheels off and I'll be able to guide our way through our radio segment.
Or maybe another week of observation wouldn't be so bad.
Though, it is pretty exciting knowing I'll be able to include this skill on future resumes.
There's nothing better than girl talk.
Unless, of course, it isn't girl talk at all. Girl talk in the office means talking life with Stunt Monkey. These conversations are a daily thing when I'm in the office.
"Any new stories to tell me? Do you like them? Tell me the details!"
I guess that's what happens when you've been working with someone for six months. You get to know way too much about them and genuinely care whether or not their romantic interests are going to pan out. Seriously, it's my favorite part about coming into the studio.
That and actually working. Obviously.
There is nothing worse in the world of radio than a cold.
I found this out today when Stunt and I were working on our #SEXDECODED segment. It was nearly impossible to not sniffle or cough or clear my throat when we were recording. I'm surprised Stunt was willing to sit in the same room as me for a half hour.
Even worse? Every jockey in the studio has been avoiding me as if I am a ticking time bomb, ready to infect them all with a flesh eating disease at any moment.
They won't even offer me a tissue.
I'll be out of the office until further notice drowning myself in cold medicine, enjoying chicken noodle soup and building a blanket fort. When the rest of the gang gets sick, they won't be invited inside.