Recently mentioned our daughter is close to graduating college. This kid has been on fire lately. She will be graduating a semester early with a double major (journalism and professional writing) and a minor in Spanish.
Last summer she did an internship in western NY at The Chautauquan Daily. I probably botched the spelling but she didn't edit this post for me.
While there, Salman Rushdie delivered (or attempted to deliver) a speech. He was stabbed multiple times within a 2 min walk of where Graci was located. The kids were frazzled, but she was texting us to let us know she was okay. She kept a level head and was actually pissed they wouldn't let her (or any of the interns) pursue the "breaking story". Many of her co-workers were in venue for the speech and some of the photographers had captured amazing live pics of the events unfolding. They were not allowed to use any of it. The Associate Press or the newspaper they were working for (or some governing authority) disallowed it. Later I told her to get used to being screened and moderated by "the powers that be". She already knew this. However. . .it didn't stop her from writing an article for the Miami school magazine explaining the events from her perspective.
Fast forward to this semester and her professor encouraged her to submit it under the "feature article" category for a national journalism competition. Today she at the ceremony (for her region) to see who the winner would be. I'm not sure the protocol. I would assume the winner would be entered in the national competition. She ended with the runner up award and some great experience. Super proud moments in parenting. She wants even going to attend the banquet. We encouraged her. (Her mother offered to escort her and pay for the trip.) Turns out the school took them to Chicago for the ceremony. Sure would have liked to see her go onto the national finals, but it wasn't meant to be. Hoping she was able to do some networking. She will be looking for a job as the school year comes to an end. If nothing else, this will look fantastic on her resume. She will do well wherever she winds up. Not being biased. She will. Level headed kid. Mature. Responsible. Driven. Not sure how it happened. Had to be her mother's genes. I'm far from mature, level headed, or responsible.
Below is a copy of her article should you feel inclined to read it. It is even longer than my post, so no pressure. lol
Processing the trauma caused by an attempted murder at my place of work