I’m halfway through my two-week stint at the Globe and Mail’s B.C. bureau … and I’m also a year older.
No, I’m not saying my work/study position has rapidly aged me. My actual birthday did come and go on Friday.
It was an interesting week, to say the least. Every day, I’d arrive at the Globe at 8:30 a.m., read the paper, research, write, repeat, and go home at around 5:00 p.m. Then, I’d eat dinner and work on any number of school-related things… not the least of which is my documentary for TV class.
I was averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night, and as the week went on, I started to feel more and more stressed out and exhausted.
By the time Friday (my birthday) came around, all I wanted to do was have a full night’s rest … and maybe a bubble bath.
(But alas, I have no bubble potion.)
Don’t feel too bad for me, though. I partied with 300 people at Science World last year and made headlines for it, so I’d say I’m cool with skipping a celebration this year. My mom did all the work 25 years ago anyway. I just showed up.
Also, something really “career-cool” happened! I had a national byline in the paper! My story was on A12 in the Vancouver version, my mom saw it on A13 in Toronto, and other friends in Montreal and Calgary saw it as well. Not a bad birthday present!
Best of all, the story is about an important issue: adequate shelter space so that people aren’t forced to sleep on the streets this winter. Period.
At some point, though, I’d better sit down and reflect on what it means to have hit the middle mark in my 20s. A big part of this is figuring out what kind of a journalist I really want to be. All I know is that I would be happy to write more stories like the one above. If I can keep on contributing to discussions about the important issues of the day, I’d say that’s a pretty decent future.
Despite all the stress I’ve felt this November, I’m counting my blessings and coming up rich.
Here are some other stories I wrote last week:
FABIOLA CARLETTI. From Friday’s Globe and Mail. Published Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 10:15PM EST. Last updated Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 3:18PM EST …
- Vancouver man seriously injured in early morning shooting – The …
FABIOLA CARLETTI. Vancouver— Globe and Mail Update. Published Wednesday, Nov. 17 , 2010 10:36AM EST. Last updated Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 1:33PM EST …
Wind warning issued across region. FABIOLA CARLETTI. Vancouver— Globe and Mail Update. Published Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 3:09PM EST …