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07/17/2017

SCETV Made This North Dakota Native Feel at Home in South Carolina

By Tara Lenertz

My first introduction to public media dates all the way back to my childhood. Many of my favorite television programs were offered through public media. In addition to television, I listened to a lot of public radio programs and I have fond memories of spending Saturday afternoons with my parents while NPR came through the kitchen radio. Today, I really like Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. I love storytelling and am a strong believer that every individual has a fascinating story to tell. Terry Gross is such a great interviewer and an even better listener. This show has taught me a lot about the power of communication skills.

Public media offers the people of South Carolina a chance to connect with one another by sharing the diversity that is sewn throughout the state. This allows everyone to feel more united with their neighbors. When I first moved to South Carolina from Fargo, ND, SCETV programming introduced me to my new home, and I am so glad for it.

All of my friends know I am a big fan of public media, and one of them sent me the link to the webpage describing the program. From there, I watched the intern video and knew right away that I would love to be an intern at SCETV. I applied immediately and was elated when I was offered the internship. I am so happy to be here!

After I finish my undergraduate degree at Clemson University, I hope to enter a graduate program where I can focus on literary and cultural studies. The work I have done so far during my internship has taught me so much about how to manage a large project with various steps. I am learning about time organization, professional communication, and various research methods. I am certain I will use the skills I am learning here in my future endeavors.