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Senior Chelsea Shine (Wayne, Pa.) recently checked in with to talk about her fall internship. Virginia women’s basketball season tickets are now on sale. Click here for more info.

As I am already one week in to my senior year, I have been noticing a common question: “What are you going to do after you graduate?” For most of my younger life when I would get asked this question I could get by with saying ‘I want to be a singer, or a dancer, or a teacher!’ And those were all great things, however I’m not sure it was actually what I wanted to do.

Entering into my senior year, that question can be intimidating when you don’t have a definite answer. These past three years have been a great journey of discovering myself; who I am and what I like to do, where I might see myself in five, 10, 15 years, and this summer I was blessed with a great opportunity to continue on that journey.

There has always been a side of me that is interested in broadcasting. I think it would be so much fun to work in communications whether that is in radio or maybe even TV someday! This year I will be interning with Jay James from WINA 1070 (you may also see him on the sidelines at our games doing the radio). I’ve gotten to know Jay these past few years and was so thrilled when he said he would have me as an intern. I’ve worked with him a little bit this summer to get my feet wet in everything that goes on behind the scenes at the radio station and this fall I will continue where I left off and build on the things that I have learned.

So far I’ve learned how to do one-minute sports updates, Public Service Announcements and other advertisements which has been so much fun. I get to work with all the same technology and pull together different sound bites and music and my own voice to make these updates and announcements. I often sit in on Jay’s show, “Best Seat in the House,” to study his voice inflection and the way he interacts with his listeners and it’s been so helpful to get to see him doing this live. He’s great at what he does.

We’ve talked a lot about some of the things I will be doing this fall and I am so excited to get to go out in the field and do some of my own interviews! I am really looking forward to this internship and I know I am going to take so much away from it. Although I still might not have a definite answer to the question “So what are you going to do when you graduate?” I know this opportunity is a great place for me to start, and who knows maybe you’ll hear me on the radio someday!

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