By Savannah Vicker
For the Opelika
My name is Savannah Vicker and I started interning at the Opelika Observer in May this year. As an Auburn University student, pursuing a major in communication and a minor in studio art, I have spent most of my college life in lecture halls and classrooms. Interning at the Opelika Observer has given me the opportunity to step beyond the class room to practice my learned skills and experience a professional atmosphere. I couldn’t have asked for a better community to learn from.
The Opelika community has continuously shown their love for their town and its residents and were kind and accepting, even through some of my first interviews. I have enjoyed attending various events around town such as, City Council, the local farmers market, and openings of new businesses . Working here has truly challenged my abilities. My writing skills have improved and I’ve learned how to conduct my own interviews over the phone and in-person. Although I still have one semester left before I graduate, I believe my experience at the Opelika Observer has prepared me for whatever career choice I choose, and I am happy to say I’ve added journalist to the list! My favorite part about working at the Observer has been the staff. Michelle Key and Morgan Bryce have become like family and I thank them for taking me on and teaching me much of what I’ve learned. They always kept work fun and exciting even when it was stressful at times. Interning at the Opelika Observer has opened my eyes to the world of journalism and I am excited for the opportunities this internship has and will continue to provide.