Sample Reflection

It’s hard to describe how rewarding this summer’s internship experience was for me. Working with the Mansfield Destroyers taught me valuable lessons in many areas of broadcasting, life, and working in a professional environment. 

I needed to learn all kinds of new technology in order to intern with the Mansfield Destroyers that I had never used before in my broadcasting career. It was a challenge to juggle new cameras, laptop software, audio equipment, and internet equipment on top of getting to know a brand new team at the beginning of the season. This challenge provided me an opportunity to learn about preparation and time management: I had to delegate certain amounts of time to each piece of equipment before a broadcast to make sure it worked properly, while making sure I was also prepared to broadcast a full nine inning baseball game.  

I acquired plenty of life lessons through living and working in a new community. I learned the importance of networking, community relations, good public relations, and generally treating those with respect. Practicing these gave me a tremendous network of people I could rely on in Mansfield. 

Lastly, working in sports is hectic. There are a lot of moving parts, variables, surprises, and fast-paced moments. Knowing I want to pursue a career in sports broadcasting, this experience provided me with first hand knowledge of what exactly it's like to work in an athletic environment. This is not an industry where someone shows up to a desk between 9-5 and leaves for the day. You work all hours of the day, and on nights and weekends in sports, which can be fun, rewarding, and exhausting. This experience showed me that. 

I could go on and on about how valuable this experience was and how much I learned, but I want to thank everyone involved with this award in helping me attempt to achieve my goal of becoming a sportscaster! Your assistance and help made this summer both possible and one to remember. The lessons I learned this summer will be with me for the rest of my life.