Carleton journalism student Tara Sprickerhoff was a welcome addition to The Tribune staff this summer.

Carleton journalism student Tara Sprickerhoff was a welcome addition to The Tribune staff this summer.

Summer student heads back to school

Tribune summer student Tara Sprickerhoff bids farewell as she heads back to university.

Tara Sprickerhoff

Staff Writer

Well Williams Lake, it’s been quite a summer.

In the midst of all the changes and challenges the city has faced over the past four months, it’s been quite the experience to work with my colleagues here at the Tribune.

I’ve had the opportunity to cover everything from opening rallies for the New Prosperity Mine, to the closing of Glendale Elementary School, right down to day-to-day happenings of life in the lakecity.

One of my first days on the job I found myself in a school board meeting, watching as the trustees debated changing the name of the school I graduated from. Later that week I sat in a coffee shop listening to a woman tell me the story of how she escaped from near death at the hands of the Ethiopian army.

It’s hard to believe all the things that have happened this summer in Willie’s Puddle.

The people of Williams Lake have incredible stories. That’s what I am passionate about; talking to people about themselves and their passions. I was lucky enough to talk to and  meet just a few of you this year. For me that is not nearly enough.

I write this sitting in my dorm room in Ottawa, the day before classes start. It’s exciting starting a new year of school. Tomorrow I will take my first radio class, a form of journalism I am entirely unfamiliar with. Hopefully I can take with me the lessons learned from my work this summer.

It’s been an incredible four months discovering Williams Lake from an entirely new point of view, and I’d like to thank everyone who helped me along, those who let a newbie from the local paper ask them all sorts of questions and everyone here at the Tribune who showed me the ropes.

See you next time.


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