Intern’s Report: The Beginner’s Guide to Zoom University
Well, this is not how this was supposed to go. I’ve been saying that a lot lately. I, like the rest of my cohort, left campus for spring break and never came back. As a college senior, this transition has been especially rough. I will never return to the Washington College campus as an enrolled student.
When I heard that school was going to move online for the rest of the semester, one of my first thoughts was of this internship. After all the work I had put in at the beginning of the semester, would I be forced to abandon all of the projects I was working on? Thankfully, no, I wasn’t. I’ve been continuing my work remotely, which has included finishing laying out the Literary House Press 2020 catalog and promoting subscriptions to Cherry Tree.
If you are on Twitter, chances are you saw my day-long takeover of the Cherry Tree account. I was tasked with tweeting as myself on the account all day to get people interested in the journal and hopefully bring in new subscribers. I had so much fun posting about my favorite breads and interacting with Cherry Tree readers and contributors. Now more than ever, connection with other humans in any form is essential. I have really missed the camaraderie with all the other Lit House employees. One of my favorite parts of this internship was getting to see and interact with everyone there on a daily basis, and I have felt this loss acutely.
I am also the Editor-in-Chief of WC’s student newspaper, The Elm. I am coming up on my final weeks in this position that I have held since my junior year. It is a more bitter than sweet ending than I had imagined. One of my favorite parts of working at the paper is seeing the physical fruits of our labor in the form of a print issue. The last few issues of the school year have been moved online. I was hoping to have a little more time to say a proper goodbye to the organization I love and have put so much of myself into, but I am glad that we have been able to continue publishing articles online. Also, we were still able to publish our annual satirical issue for April Fools, a tradition I am enthusiastic about. Continuing to inform the campus community about the many changes we are all experiencing right now is incredibly important work to continue no matter what happens.
My classes have also been completely different. For my Flash Fiction creative writing class taught by the Lit House’s Associate Director Roy Kesey, I have been tasked with creating a website for the rest of the class to post reviews of recently published books that might not get as much critical attention due to the pandemic. As web editor of “100 Books of Solitude,” I have been receiving a steady stream of manuscript PDFs by authors who would like them to be reviewed. Once the reviews are up, I encourage you to check out 100booksofsolitude.wordpress.com to read about some new and forthcoming works!
This is not how this was supposed to go, but when has life ever turned out the way we want it to? I’m making the best of it; what really matters is that I get to keep doing what I love.