Running through rainstorms and coming home drenched every day, its hard to believe that a couple weeks ago I was in 110+ heat in Texas. Moving across the country was fun thanks to kass, and now I’ve begun the adjustment to Utica. Its hard to believe I’m staying here a while, I’m so used to knowing I’ll be on the road again in a few months, but its a nice/scary feeling to actually think about buying furniture, having an apartment long term, becoming a New Yorker.

On a related note, it has been a awesome experience to actually get to be a Staff Photographer. Of course, internships were never negative experiences for me. I was lucky, I worked for great papers with wonderful people and awesome editors. I really didn’t mind two years of moving every 7 months, the constant long hours and working most holidays, because I genuinely love my work. I love getting up everyday and getting to spend the day taking photos. Its really that paralyzing uncertainty of not knowing where you’ll be in 4 months, of trying to make it in a field that is constantly changing and making cuts, that’s the challenge that interns are really faced with these days. Its become harder than ever to get an interview, not to mention a job. Most community papers have a staff of 12+ writers, but they only have 2-4 photographers. That makes actually landing a position quite a feat. Sometimes an intern is lucky and a position opens right after their internship and the paper keeps them, but those are rare and lucky circumstances. I only know one or two people who actually got that. Photographers always told me to stick it out and never give up, but it was extremely hard at times. And even then, who knows? Maybe I just got lucky. Maybe I was in the right place at the right time. But I do know I am overwhelmingly thankful that I got a job here at the OD, and that at least for now, I get to do what I love everyday.

So while I’m waxing poetic about photography, I’ll tell you its been an interesting first week. I’ve covered a Broadway show rehearsal, soccer practices & games, a homicide follow up, and education stories. Tonight is Football Friday, which ends my official first week at the Utica Observer-Dispatch. Its been a fun week, everyone here is really nice and easy to work with. So far, I’m really loving it here. I’ve included a few photos from assignments this week below, just to show what I’ve been up to.

Inga, played by Elizabeth Pawlowski, and Dr. Frankenstein, played by A.J. Holmes, have a romantic moment in the lab of his grandfather's castle during the rehearsal of Young Frankenstein Monday September 26, 2011 in Utica, NY. Young Frankenstein is playing at the Stanley Center for the Arts September 27th and 28th, 2011.

The townspeople chase the Monster, played by Rory Donovan, in the rehearsal of Young Frankenstein Monday September 26, 2011 in Utica, NY. Young Frankenstein is playing at the Stanley Center for the Arts September 27th and 28th, 2011.

Herkimer General fans cheer after Herkimer scores the first goal of the game, putting them ahead 1-0 in the second half of the Herkimer Generals v. Mohawk Valley Community College game Wednesday afternoon at HCCC, Herkimer, NY. Herkimer won 2-0.

Herkimer General Jon Rosscraig (29) heads the ball blocking Mohawk Valley's Tyler DeLuca (12) during the Herkimer Generals v. Mohawk Valley Community College game Wednesday afternoon at HCCC, Herkimer, NY. Herkimer won 2-0.

Herkimer Generals react after missing a goal during the Herkimer Generals v. Mohawk Valley Community College game Wednesday afternoon at HCCC, Herkimer, NY. The score was tied at 0-0 for the first half and part of the second. Herkimer scored two goals in the second half, winning 2-0.

Professor Mohamed Rezk helps his student Dwayne Wedderburn, 23, with his Diode Curve worksheet at SunyIT Tuesday afternoon. Rezk is a professor of engineering technology. This class is one of the classes that will be held in the new Center for Advanced Technology building. The Center for Advanced Technology building and the CCCC building are being built adjacent to each other and are estimated to be completed in 2013.

Scot Zahas, 21, adjusts wires to calculate voltage on a diode at different currents during a computer engineering class at SunyIT Tuesday afternoon. The students were asked to estimate and then conduct experiments to measure the actual voltage. This class is one of the classes that will be held in the new Center for Advanced Technology building. The Center for Advanced Technology building and the CCCC building are being built adjacent to each other and are estimated to be completed in 2013.

Daniel F. Fitzgerald speaks about what its like to be an adjunct professor Monday afternoon at Herkimer Community College.

Dan Ward steals the ball from Josh Terry during the Ilion soccer practice Tuesday afternoon.