My transition from life at Northwestern College to post-college life was smooth. Much more so than I could have hoped for.
During finals week I found out that a job was waiting for me at the Sioux Center News, so I was lucky enough not to have to spend any of my first summer away from the academic halls searching for work.
I started as the sports reporter at the News around the first of June, and I typically work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. plus two or three evening local sporting events per week. One thing that has been key for me in establishing myself in this environment has been the helpfulness, patience and friendliness of my colleagues.
At the News there is mainly a publisher, head editor, news editor and myself working in the same area and the atmosphere created by these co-workers has made the transition into an unfamiliar environment thoroughly enjoyable.
Outside of work, one of the best parts of post-college life is evenings. Don’t get me wrong, those college nights are tough to beat, but the noticeable lack of homework due the next day opens up a variety of new options to choose from when considering how to spend one’s time.
The money that begins actually showing signs of some accumulation is another factor in opening up options on the evenings and weekends. I have also enjoyed having an increased opportunity to read what I want to read.
Several experiences I had at NW helped prepare me for this transition. I spent three school years working in the sports information office where I learned skills I now use at the News. I also spent two years as a member of the Beacon editorial staff where I experienced “production nights” that among other things teach one how to work well with others. I also worked an internship in the public relations office, where I was able to work on several other skills I now use daily at the News, especially interviewing skills.
One other highly significant aspect that I took from this particular academic institution is a much-improved way of thinking. I did not realize this as much during college, but I have an appreciation for the way I have learned to unceasingly ask questions as I develop as a person.