This trip has been a literal whirlwind. I feel like Greece has thrown me in a blender and turned it on. There were many frustrations on this trip that disheartened me at times, but nonetheless, I have gained so much from this trip and I am so incredibly grateful. Before this trip I was terrified of interviewing and I would often stutter and come off totally unprofessional. After interviewing for 5 weeks, and in some cases interviewing aggressively to get what I wanted and what I needed *cough cough figures for the ancient ruins* *cough cough globe guy that gave me nothing about his life*, I not only feel so much more confident in my ability to have a conversation with someone, but also in ability to write a stronger article.
I’m grateful that this trip has showed me that I do have a true passion for journalism and that I do want to pursue it as my major. I won’t lie I had second doubts for brief periods of time during the trip but I have come to realize that this profession is something that makes me happy and makes me proud of myself at the end of the day. This trip has hardened me too. I used to hate having people read my work and criticize it and I used to believe that my writing wasn’t on par with others, that I was behind. After Greece, I will gladly give my work up for dissection, because there is always room for improvement. I no longer take edits as harshly as I would have a year ago.
Additionally, another thing that I’ve discovered is that while I’m not as experienced as other students were on this trip, I have come to realize that I can write, and that I am proud of the work that I produce. It’s such a liberating feeling to feel proud of yourself and your work and I cannot properly express the gratitude that I have in being able to walk away from these intense 5 weeks with confidence and pride.While I am still daunted by J2, co-op and the profession of journalism as a whole itself, I feel more prepared to face it head on, and I have this invigorating feeling of ambition and drive that I wouldn’t have gotten in a classroom experience.
On another note, my happiness and satisfaction of this trip also stems from the people that I met. I’ve met some people that have made me laugh when I’ve been stressing out over archaeologists ignoring me, made me want to get up on a disgusting rainy day to go exploring, made me smile in the morning when my hair was wet, my eyes heavy and my mood foul. The trip was so incredibly enriching working wise, but it was the people that really solidified my experience as a happy one. I cannot properly express my gratitude and my happiness at having met these people because words, like pictures, sometimes just can’t do the justice.
A special shout out to Pax for being the best roommate ever, for getting me coffee when I was sleeping late, for leaving a note on our room door at 3 a.m. wishing me a happy birthday, for not only accepting but also supporting my incessant need for food at weird hours of the night and day and for accepting me as the messy, disorganized and generally disheveled person I am. A special shoutout to Isabelle for being a ray of sunshine and for joining me in my unhealthy obsession with sangria, for coming out with me in Thessaloniki that one night when the sky was dark and sad, and for calming me with a hug and for giving me scratchies when I sad or stressed out. A special shoutout to Sophie for the constant laughter (which gave me abs) and the never ending conversations on the most trivial of subjects, for listening to me when I needed to rant about even the smallest inconsequential things, for sipping on wine with me over huge platters of meat and greek salads, for walking side by side with me in museums and walks. A special shoutout to Brandon for almost always being on the same wavelength as me, for hearing me out and understanding when I needed to get away, for actually getting away with me to cafes and hookah bars, and for basically being the exact same person as I am, maybe just a tad bit taller and hairier. The rest of the people on the trip were beautiful and incredible in their own ways and I thank them for showing me so much kindness and happiness that it would make me miss our trip while I am at home where I haven’t been for six months. Much love for all of you, vi voglio un mondo di bene!