Day 6: Best Day Ever

By Katie Martin // Mosaic Staff Writer

Thursday earned a coveted spot on the Best Day Ever list.

I visited Google, along with Kelly, my photographer friend who got some fantastic shots of the campus and its happenings.

Our host for the afternoon, Scott, met us outside his building for a full afternoon of lunching and snacking. I ate some of the tastiest food of my life and had a lot of fun exploring the place. What a privilege to be able to enjoy the (completely cost free) cuisine at the coolest company in the area. I had so much to write about that my review ended up at just over a thousand words. Yikes.

I’ve finished the first drafts of all of my articles now! It’s finally time to decompress for a few minutes before starting in on revisions. Good fun.

Day 3: Wildly unproductive

Jonae Scott // Mosaic Staff Photographer

Jonae Scott // Mosaic Staff Photographer
Matthew Chow plays the piano in the morning at Washburn Hall.

By Katie Martin // Mosaic Staff Writer

This has been a wildly unproductive day.

So far I have managed to kill four hours simply by checking my email every two minutes, scanning through a ton of articles online, reading the entirety of the Wednesday Mercury News’ front section, eating Nutella and raspberries, and now, writing a blog post.

Between this, though, I’ve been calling and sending emails to a variety of folks in an effort to make some progress on my stories. Once again, I’m nervous.

I’ve abandoned the farm story. No one ever responded to the messages and emails I left over a three-day span.

I’ve picked up the Social Thinking story. The clinic doesn’t open again until tomorrow, so I’ll have to call immediately in the morning and work quickly the article. All of the therapists I’ve ever met are extremely kind, so I think (perhaps too optimistically) that they might find time to meet with me sometime on Friday.

I’m going to Google tomorrow for lunch. The question of photography is still up in the air. Although the employee accompanying me said it would be okay, according to the security personnel he consulted, I’ve tried to go through press management just to verify. I don’t want to get thrown out of the cafeteria while enjoying my delicious Google lunch.

So here’s hoping luck is on my side tomorrow. I’ll certainly need it.

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.