Today was my last day at 24 Hours.

The two weeks flew by, and I really can’t believe it’s over already.

I spent my last day on the job at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, where Dal Richards (as Santa-for-a-day) handed out blankets and teddy bears to newborn babies. (This is the second time this month that I’ve chatted with the local jazz icon.)

It was a fairly slow day, and the last day the paper will be in production for until Jan. 3.

When one door closes, another one opens. Or at least a window opens.

Who knows what this experience will lead to. All I know is that it was a great decision to intern because I really got to put the skills I learned to the test, and practice journalism in the real world. And even though my “real” break is just starting, I’m excited for my second semester to start.

But in the meantime, I am going to focus on Christmas and turkey and gifts and family. I will catch up on some sleep, and try to read something that isn’t news-related.

Merry Christmas!

@HayleyWoodin

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This is what I’ve done over the past several days.

And to reinforce how busy I’ve been, I will simple write a bulleted list, because I am still at work and do not have the time to write it with more witty or intelligent phrasing.

– I was on the cover of 24 Hours

– My story’s headline made the front page

– I filmed, edited and posted my second video online

– I had my President’s Ambassadorial Team Christmas dinner at a local golf course on Sunday

– On Monday, I joined the 24 Hours crew at their Christmas shindig on Granville Island

– I interviewed Vancouver Airport Authority spokespeople, UBC professors, church ministers and cabinet ministers

– I sat in on my first conference call to California

– And I encountered my first information embargo today while attending a B.C. Cancer Research press conference

Phew!

So much has gone on that I keep having to remind myself that Christmas is a mere three days away!

To quote magician Professor Hinkle from Frosty the Snowman, I’ve just been “busy, busy, busy.”

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@HayleyWoodin

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It’s been a while since I last blogged: school, projects and work have all gotten in the way, and it’s once again that time of year where exams take over students’ lives.

So while procrastinating from my long, long to-do list, I will update you on my busy, busy life.

For starters, classes finish Dec. 10. Boy how time flies.

On Dec. 12, I’ll be starting my three-week internship at 24 Hours newspaper. The best part is that I won’t be taking part in the typical intern duties, like grabbing coffee or answering phones. Luckily for me, I get to report and write daily, with a story published every day in the paper.

The opportunity gives me course credits at school, and, if I choose, can count towards my four-week work experience in second semester.

It’s exciting; it’s scary. I’m going from being a full-time student, to being a full-time intern and then going back to being a full-time student, and somewhere in all of that I will be feasting on turkey. No winter break for me.

In other news, I have now been a part of Kwantlen’s President’s Ambassadorial Team (PAT) for a couple of months now.

Being on the team keeps me busy (I just baked 65 cookies for a bake sale to raise money for the PAT clothing drive) and it has proven to be a great learning and networking opportunity (I met Carol James several weeks ago, and had public speaking training with Langley Mayor Peter Fassbender).

I must now cease my procrastination, but I will end with two final tidbits.

First, on Saturday I will be accompanying Dal Richards on the piano as he sings Christmas carols at a local women’s shelter.

And second, I have been promoted: I was elected the Entertainment Bureau Chief for the Kwantlen Runner a while ago, that’s nothing new. But in a recent Google search, I was alerted that I am now the Entertainment Furniture Chief…

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@HayleyWoodin

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