Protip: Don’t take it personally.

This is probably the best advice I’ve had to keep in mind not only for my internship, but for any moment in life. (The second best advice? “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” Something I learned my first day in Reporting class…I’m obsessed with the phrase now.)

Constructive criticism in the newsroom isn’t unheard of — I’ve seen instances of mild arguments in the morning from the most unlikely people — and I think that I’ve had my own moments where I was really embarrassed or ashamed when I did something wrong and had to go correct my problem. My pride gets the best of me, but at the end of the day it’s not that your supervisor (or anyone else) thinks you’re doing a half-assed job and hates you for it. They’re trying helping you out.

While typing out a new guideline for the incoming interns, I couldn’t help but stress that they shouldn’t sweat any problems they had…something I wish I’d done in the early stages of my internship.

Lesson: It’s not worth it to stress yourself out over nothing! Never take it personally.