This blog has been contributed by Shruthi Venkat, Student Contributor for Issue 24 (May-June 2015) of ParentEdge.
I began writing in grade 3. It started off as a small poem that I had written for my school magazine. It was just a poem I had thought. But a year or two later, my flair for writing was recognised by my English teacher who encouraged me. This teacher pointed out my knack for writing and asked to work upon it. My parents equally encouraged me. After that there was no looking back. I kept writing poems, articles and short stories. It gives me a way to express my thoughts, emotions and open up to the world.
Since then I’ve always wanted to improve my writing, take it to the next level. Every time I write I judge myself and work on my weak points. After a while I realised me or my very close knit group judging my writings is not going to be enough. Then I started signing up for internships. I realised that internships would help me improve my writing and help me understand how real companies work.
My first stint at internship was at Times of India. Interning with Parentedge was my second opportunity. I found the website online, saw the student editor of the month column and was very excited to get a chance to work with them. I wrote to them asking for the opportunity. It was great pleasure to be on board with this magazine. Writing articles for the magazine helped me realise that there were places I could work upon in my writings. For my first article I had to do extensive research on the internet and also talk to a lot of parents. It was a list of websites that would be of use to parents. I also had to make sure that the websites were helpful to children of all age group. It helped me prioritize my work and surely improved my communication skills.
The second piece I wrote was an interview. I interviewed my school counsellor for it. The interview was about how parents should bond with their teenage children. I had to work and think hard for the questions and the way I had to put them and did get help from Ms. Kritika for that. I worked on my presentation skills and made sure I put out the questions the right way and got the answers I needed. The third one I worked on was for a college feature. It was about Co-operative programs (Co-op programs). It involved both researching and interviewing. I interviewed a student in the US who has been a part of a co-op program, to add first hand information. It helped me gain an insight into how my college life would be like because I’m just a year away from it. It also helped me understand that there are a lot of options out there and it is up to me as to what I want to do and what decisions I take. I realised that I should start working hard to get into a premier college and grab every opportunity that comes my way before it.