The first step to internship excitement

I made it! I'm halfway to starting my internship! I'm right back where I was two weeks ago: in Lexington, Kentucky, waiting for my internship to start.

Instagram photo right before I headed out. This accurately portrays my feelings.

But I'm so much closer than I was two weeks ago. I head to Madisonville tomorrow to start my internship on Tuesday! I left Columbia around 1 p.m., after church and a hasty lunch.

I was pretty stoked, as maybe you can tell by the fact that I actually took and posted a selfie. It was a long drive, though. Over 400 miles all by myself. Fortunately, I had the audiobook of The Book Thief to entertain me. Solid book, that one.

And if that didn't work, I knew I could entertain myself for hours by contemplating all the great things that caan happen this summer. I've been thinking about it a lot lately--what this internship will hold.

It's the first summer I've spent away from Columbia and family, and as much as I'll miss them (which I will), I'm excited about what that means for me. It's also the first time in my life that I'm going someplace completely on my own--no friends or family to soften the blow of strangeness. And that is thrilling. It's preparation for when I head to New York in August, but on a much gentler note.

I'm looking forward to working full-time as a reporter, too. My internship at the Herald-Journal last summer was amazing. I learned twice as much as I had in class just by experiencing life as a journalist. That experience is going to be multiplied exponentially this summer, because I will have 2-3 as much time to focus on my internship, and no other jobs to take my focus off the paper (well, no job except for the five novels I'm editing and the one I'm writing). For the first time in my life, I will be a full-time, paid journalist! If that's not exciting, I don't know what is.

Other things I'm excited about involve: meeting my host family, getting involved in a church and being an integral part of a community. It's what I hope to have in New York and I'm excited about having it for the summer first.

I finally feel like I'm on the road to something. I've been waiting for the internship since the beginning of April, and it's finally here. Words cannot express how excited I am.