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Things always work out.

My mother has always emphasized this to me, and after the summer I’ve had — I can definitely say it’s true.

Last semester, I applied for a newspaper internship in my hometown and didn’t get it. Like any young college student, I was upset and pretty sure I wouldn’t find anything else.

When I came home from school, I found an application for the New Castle News on the kitchen counter. My father had picked it up one day after placing an ad in the paper.

To make a long story short, I ended up getting a call back for an interview, and two weeks later — I had my own desk in the newsroom.

I cannot begin to describe what an experience it has been here in Lawrence County.

First of all, there are festivals every weekend. I don’t know what it is about this place, but people sure do like having festivals for any and all reasons.

I attended almost all of them. Yes, that includes Old Timers Day, Mahoningtown Community Day, New Castle’s Firework Festival, Balloon Quest, Back to the 50’s and the mother of all festivals — the Lawrence County Fair.

The people with whom I spoke at these events were great. I’ve never met so many nice people who care so much for their communities.

When I wasn’t out eating fair food and talking with families, my editor always had enough to keep me busy.

I got to ride in a hot-air balloon and had an acupuncture treatment.

I fought with police officers regularly and met the county commissioners.

I read affidavits and at least one police report a day.

I can tell you all about methane gas, what the land is like in Union Township and what happens when there is a natural gas leak.

I’ve seen accidents and people flown to hospitals in helicopters.

I’ve witnessed floods that have destroyed peoples’ homes.

I could go on forever about the things I covered here at The News.

Never would I have expected to get this much experience anywhere else.

Some people in the community have treated me like a typical intern when I interviewed them, but the newsroom always made me feel important.

I have learned so much here. Not only did I fulfill my internship for school, I gained a great deal of confidence in myself and in my writing. I couldn’t have done it without this newspaper.

Every editor, reporter and photographer has helped strengthen my journalistic capabilities.

Thank you so much. You have all gone above and beyond for me.

I don’t think I would have gotten this much experience anywhere else.

When I make millions one day for my writing, I promise I won’t forget you all.

I also won’t forget that “it’s” means “it is” and “its” is the possessive form of a neuter pronoun.

Thanks again, everyone. You have all made this the best journalism experience a 21-year-old could ever ask for in an internship.

(Katie Alberti, the summer intern at The News, is now finishing her senior at Kent State University.)

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