By Arnecia Walker

For the Opelika Observer

I started my internship with the Opelika Observer in August of this year. As a communication major with a minor in leadership studies, I was very excited to learn the ins and outs of journalism, but instead I gained so much more.
The Opelika Observer is ran by two full-time employees: Michelle Key, editor and Morgan Bryce, associate editor. Some, me included, may think that publishing a paper is easy, because all you have to do is write, but I soon learned it takes much more than that.
Michelle and Morgan are dedicated to the Observer and the community. They maintain positive relationships with the entire community and are very passionate about their work.
It was an honor to learn from them. As I conclude my internship, I am walking away with a new perspective and love for the city of Opelika, especially the downtown area.
I have made new friends and learned so much about the city that I did not know about. I am grateful that I was able to experience new things, enhance my writing skills and learn the process of maintaining a quality community paper.
Graduating from Auburn University in December is a bittersweet feeling, but knowing that I have built relationships with those behind the Opelika Observer makes me very happy, and I know that I will be able to apply my experience to my future endeavors.