1. You quickly learned how to balance taking notes and carrying on an actual conversation at the same time.
2. If you were an editor, you did whatever you could to get writers on your good side (and GET THEIR STORIES IN ON DEADLINE).
3. And if you were just a writer, you couldn’t handle your editor’s constant nagging about deadlines.
4. For fleeting moments, you believed you were a journalist on the verge of informing — and thereby changing — the world.
5. Seriously — you had visions of yourself as the next Tom Brokaw or Diane Sawyer.
6. But the constant look of worry on your advisor’s face reminded you that you had a long way to go.
7. Your newsroom always seemed to attract peers who joined just because they thought it “looked good,” leading to numerous article disasters.
8. You made it seem like editors’ meetings were a HUGE deal, but really you spent ten minutes talking about the next issue and then just hung out.
9. It was super annoying when people pressed you to make edits — especially when they didn’t even proofread in the first place.
11. And InDesign was the bane of your existence.
There was nothing worse than when an article was just too long to fit.