Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features junior Marissa Briggs’ experience as a community writer.

Marissa Briggs – Mustangs Ahead

Reflections icon (2)(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The beginning of the school year comes with new classes, people, and opportunities.

In the chaos of starting sophomore year, I was in the market for a consistent volunteer position and wanted to stretch my boundaries. As a result, I am now writing articles for our local “Country Club Living” magazine.

After being introduced to two of the magazine’s editors, I was given my first assignment which involved writing a story on myself. The article was a good way to help introduce myself as a new writer to the readers.

My role involves writing articles pertaining to the community’s “Precious Pets,” “Young Achievers,” and “Family Spotlights.” The magazine only focuses on residents in LRHS Country Club East or West, so this provides a bit of a challenge when brainstorming for a new pet, person, or family to cover for that month’s issue.

This challenge encourages me to go into the community and get to know new people. This volunteer position has offered me opportunities that I have learned great lessons from. It forces me to manage my time wisely, and to not procrastinate since my stories have a deadline.

I’ve been given this incredible opportunity to an inside view of what working in the industry of journalism entails, and I’m grateful to be able to volunteer doing something I love.

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