Growing up can be scary, for both children and their parents.

One of the most terrifying thoughts is that students are expected to have a general idea of what they want to do with their whole life, spend thousands of dollars to be educated on how to do that, and in most cases, move away from a support system of their family and friends all at the age of 18.

One way Mitchell High School is preparing its seniors for this big change and guiding students toward a career path with more experience before fully committing to that career is by offering the World of Work program.

World of Work provides seniors the chance to intern in a work field of their choice. I am one of the 24 students privileged to join the workforce earlier than the rest. World of Work takes place during the school day, limiting it to seniors, because most of the semester is spent off campus. We spend the first six weeks of the semester in a classroom filling out job applications, writing resumes complete with cover letters, learning about our natural skills and which jobs would be best suited for us, and putting together portfolios detailing our own work ethic and goals.

Luckily for me, I have known I’ve wanted to be a criminal attorney since I was a young child, so when I applied for internships, I knew that The Daily Republic would be a great opportunity for me. Developing writing and interviewing skills is an essential part of being an attorney, and what better place to do that than our local newspaper?

After six weeks in the classroom, the real work begins. Students go to their workplace for three hours every other school day and begin to learn more about their specific field. Some intern opportunities vary depending on what the student is interested in and availability; for example, local elementary schools, Mitchell’s Chamber of Commerce, Shorty’s Locker, and BankWest.

At The Daily Republic, learning more about my specific field entailed meeting reporters, researching the archives to see what kind of writing is done, making goals for the semester, and all in all, seeing how the newspaper comes to life.

Another part of the job calls for learning more about local crime and politics The Daily Republic reports on. As of now, I see myself using this knowledge in my potential future career as either an attorney or a politician. Witnessing and reporting events happening in the status quo will be a crucial part of the preparation for my career.

I am looking forward to learning more about The Daily Republic and the hard work that goes into being a reporter. I am excited to see where this opportunity takes me.