Patrick joins Register staff as summer intern

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My name is Emily Patrick, I’m 22 years old and a recent graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. I’ll be interning here at the Register for 10 weeks as part of the Kentucky Press Association internship program.

I’m originally from Emmalena, a small town in southeast Kentucky. However, I have lived in Richmond the past four years while I have been attending college. While in school, I studied both journalism and political science, and am in the midst of earning a dual degree in both subjects.

Writing is something I have done since I was little. It’s truly the one thing I find myself doing effortlessly.

My projected graduation date was May 9, 2020. As most of you know, this graduation ceremony did not take place due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Graduating during these unprecedented times has been enormously difficult, both emotionally and mentally.

Switching to online classes in the middle of a semester was very difficult on both professors and students. Some students, like me, process information much better in a face-to-face situation. On the flip side, some professors teach better when physically in front of their students. This “new normal” took weeks of adjusting to, and the fallout of my senior year was not taken lightly.

Realizing all that you have lost, the memories you’ll never get to make and the time that you will not get back is hard. However, we move on. Life happens whether we like it or not, it’s something we cannot fight against.

I have previously completed various internships, such as a year with the EKU student newspaper, The Eastern Progress; a summer internship with the Mt. Sterling Advocate of Montgomery County; and a spring working with the Legislative Research Committee in Frankfort.

As a student of EKU, I am fairly familiar with Madison County, but I am looking forward to learning new things and meeting new people during my time with the Register. As a journalist, my goal is to share the stories of others, and I hope our readers will enjoy my contributions to the paper. After all, the stories are yours, I just string them together.

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