I heard a quote some time ago that read "If you can laugh with somebody, you can work with them," and I always liked it.
At this point in my life, it couldn't be more true. I have hit the co-worker jackpot here at the Greene County Daily World, I truly have. I've never worked with a group of people who love to laugh more than this group, and it makes my job unbelievably awesome.
We get a lot of work done, sometimes under stressful conditions, sometimes on tight deadlines, and sometimes we have to write about things that are unpleasant, controversial or just plain not enjoyable. But it gets done, and I look forward to coming to work every day.
That's a weird thing for me, and I like it very much. This group enjoys one another, teases one another relentlessly and is so supportive and caring to a news rookie like myself.
The newsroom I am writing from now is all men, except for myself and my editor, Sabrina. In the next room are all women, but this building feels full of friends to me. Since the day I started here, I've felt so much support.
Being "The New Dork," (my words) I made about every mistake a writer can manage to make, which is great actually, because I think that's a great way to learn. But every mistake of mine has been met with kind correction and guidance from people who have been doing this for awhile, and who obviously don't mind helping a rookie out. I've gained a lot of confidence, while admitting I have a ways to go before I consider myself a capable writer.
The attitude and atmosphere around here is one of humor, kindness, intelligence and even love. We share awful jokes, bathroom humor, funny cat videos and more. We share ourselves. I tend to be on the sappy emotional side, and that's okay here. Sarcasm is also encouraged and applauded, as a humorous way to relieve tension or just to garner a laugh.
I sincerely appreciate every person who works here, each one an individual, each one a professional with skills and experience that I've already learned so much from, and look forward eagerly to learning more. I'm thankful for these people, and I'm proud to call myself a part of this goofy and wonderful team.