For a week I returned to college life on a spring break cruise to the Bahamas with four friends. I never take enough personal photos and wanted to make sure these wonderful moments remained in a place where I could reflect on them often.
Now it is back to intern life, but I’m forever grateful for sunshine and belly laughs.
Yesterday marked my second full month at the Deseret News. In this last month, I have shot an ungodly amount of high school basketball, photographed a polygamist rally, and covered my first fatality. I’ve seen communities come together to support their undocumented population and tears of all kinds fall.
This month has had its ups and downs while I’ve been learning the art of balance. With five online classes, working six days a week, climbing/yoga and trying to have a social life, I have a lot up in the air. I’ve been focusing on how to turn a bland assignment into a creative challenge and pitching passion projects amongst the mass of sports.
Along with the jubilation of championship basketball games and flying with research scientists, I have learned a bit more about what this job truly means.
I got a call about breaking news at 11am and showed up to a scene of a car crash not far from my office. Two cars full of teenage boys were drag racing and one crossed the median hitting another car. The two boys in the backseat were killed on impact and the seven month pregnant woman in the other car was in critical condition. Yesterday, I learned her baby was brain dead. This incident really shaped my last month. Having never photographed something like this before, I didn’t know how I was supposed to feel. I held it in and continued on to my next three assignments. The next morning while running errands, I stopped in Target and broke down in the candle aisle. It was the first moment of quiet I had since the accident. I am incredibly thankful for those in my life who are always there to offer advice and a shoulder to lean on, those who let me call them and ask the tough questions of how to handle something like this. I know this might seem naive to some, as they experience this regularly in their newsroom, but this one hit me hard.
Remember to keep your hearts open and your heads up.
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