Day 2: Pressure’s On

Mahima Dutt // Mosaic Staff Photographer

Mahima Dutt // Mosaic Staff Photographer
Cerys Holstege, left, and Hannah Knowles, right, develop story ideas at their workstations in the Spartan Daily Newsroom.

By Katie Martin // Mosaic Staff Writer

Just about an hour earlier, I was more stressed than I had ever been before. I’m not known for my ability to handle pressure with ease, so I largely spent the morning close to a nervous breakdown at my desk.

I knew everyone around me wasn’t having any more luck getting in touch with sources, much less actually interviewing them, but that didn’t stop me from feeling completely lost. My original story ideas, as I had discovered yesterday while talking to Ardua, would be difficult, if not impossible, to pursue, due to various obstacles. The articles I had ultimately decided on weren’t working either – none of my sources were responding to phone calls or emails.

Leaving for lunch, I was scared and fairly certain I’d be the next Mosaic participant to be threatened with expulsion from the program due to my total lack of progress on any stories.

It wasn’t until this afternoon that things started looking up. I had contacted one of my dad’s friends at Google in a sort of crapshoot effort to review the reportedly excellent cafeteria cuisine, and he responded that he’d be happy to take me on a food tour of the campus. So now I have a trip to the Googleplex set up for this Thursday! I’m thrilled.

For my second story, which is on farming in Silicon Valley, Ardua and I decided it would be more realistic to focus on “a day in the life” – a city girl like me spending a few hours amongst the cows, horses and fruit orchards. This, frankly, sounds a lot easier than my previous plan, and something I could definitely write within the next few days.

So I’m definitely still stressed. I’m still feeling a bit overwhelmed by the time crunch. And I’m still afraid of waking up at 1 a.m. to the sound of screams after a cockroach sighting in our dorm. But at least I have direction. That’s really all I can ask for at this point, I suppose.

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