During the summer, I joined my college newspaper staff. Joining over the summer proved to be a great option for me because I immersed myself slowly. By the time the first paper came out on campus, I already felt comfortable with the group, and had made two wonderful friends. Being a student journalist provides me with great opportunities for exposure: weekly meetings, calling people to set up interviews, actually conducting interviews, attending events, and having to ask people for quotes. I'm willing to do all of it because it empowers me, because I love writing, and because I care deeply for the rest of the staff. It's all had its ups and downs, but overall been a very positive experience.