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Welcome a new face to Henry County

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By Erin Melwing

Driving down winding Kentucky backroads with the windows down while listening to music, laughing, the new $5 footlong deal at Subway restaurants, the smell of fresh cut grass, anxiously awaiting new episodes of Lost and Desperate Housewives, Espaol, meeting new people, writing...and these, Henry County, are just a few of my favorite things.

My name is Erin Melwing and I am the summer news intern at the Henry County Local. I am a 2007 graduate of Oldham County High School from Ballardsville and am currently a sophomore majoring in Spanish at the University of Kentucky. So why would a Spanish major seek out a journalism internship for the summer? Good question.

Decisions. Everyone faces them, but some decisions require more care and time than others. For example, choosing what to do with the rest of your life. I have recently discovered that the age-old question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” packs quite a punch – especially when I have no clue what I want to do for the rest of my life ... or even where I want to eat lunch today.

However, I have been involved with journalism since my junior year of high school and journalism has never failed to fascinate me. I also love Spanish. I sense the declaration of a double-major in my near future, but time will only tell.

I have many passions in life, besides journalism and Spanish. I wildly appreciate getting lost in a good book, video games, stealthily integrating puns into daily conversation and summertime. There are many holiday songs that would beg to differ with me, but summertime might just be the most wonderful time of the year. Summer is the season of popsicles, county fairs, fresh cut grass and cookouts ... and it is almost here.

Summertime also means no school, but that does not mean I will not be learning during these next few months. Every day in journalism is a new adventure and a learning experience outside of the classroom. I love seeing, hearing and experiencing stories and meeting the people behind the stories.

My Henry County knowledge is limited right now, but this summer is sure to change that.

Erin can be reached at erin.melwing@uky.edu.