That uncomfortable time of year when they play pro-football on Friday nights and you reread your lease agreement and see you missed August 1st deadlines. It’s a beautiful time of year, in a way.

For students like me this week before school starts is just as much a start to a new year as January 1, except the break from school has been twice as long and half as productive. Internships have wound down and it’s time to move back out of the parents house—back to bills and responsibilities.

For me the thrill of moving back to Columbia this semester isn’t about having my first apartment, or whether or not the Big XII will outlast the new couch we bought, or seeing Sporting Kansas City makes the playoffs this year.

What I’m most excited about is the chance to get serious.

Although I entered my sequence in the spring, this semester is really my first as a true upperclassmen, and with that comes the opportunity to write for The Missourian. At the Missouri School of Journalism, The Missourian is where the big kids play, and for me, it’s where I get to start building my reputation as a serious writer and editor.

In my time with The Maneater, I got to expand on my basic reporting and editing skills. At The Park Record I got to the daily life of a community newspaper. And this summer at Sporting Kansas City added an arsenal of multimedia reporting and editing skills to my toolbox.

But in all honesty, much of (if not all) the success I have over the next two years at Mizzou rides on the impressions I make and success I find in my first semester at The Missourian.

Unlike my last few semesters, these next few months I’ll be spending my time “doing” instead of planning and chattering. I hope to spend all fall creating original content to share regularly on this blog, and frankly, that’s what it should have been all along.

So here’s to developing a voice of my own and proving I can do all that I’ve said I can.

The Dotte, Sporting—I thought I was on break?

This week has been an exciting one, not only because it’s spring break (technically), but because of the work I’ve gotten into for the Wyandotte Daily News and Providence Publishing.

Yesterday afternoon I got the opportunity to go on a media tour of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park as a reporter for WDN. Of course it was also great to see the stadium during it’s construction as a future intern for Sporting Kansas City, but that was just an added perk of covering the event.

I’ve never gotten to go on a stadium tour before (it’s not exactly a common reporting experience, I suppose), but what was most unusual for me was that I was working halvesies as a reporter and photographer. Normally I would never dare touch a camera or try to shoot artsy pictures of construction but I gave it my best and I think the pictures turned out pretty well.

Because WDN operates as a daily web publication, the article went up this morning and you can check it out here: Construction on new KCK soccer stadium nearly finished

Today I also got the chance to leave my WDN job behind for an hour to meet with Sporting’s Executive Vice President Chris Wyche about my summer gig. During the meeting I got the opportunity to see the offices at the Crossroads and learn a bit about what it will mean to be a Sporting scriptwriter.

Needless to say, the countdown to SKC starts today and I couldn’t be more excited.