There was a point in my life when I did not know what I wanted to be. I never stopped and really thought about what impact I wanted to leave on the world. I was another lost college student, in school because I knew that that’s where society wanted me. I had a dream, but I lacked guidance where to begin.

Then I found Access Sacramento, and I now know what I was made to do. Being a Youth News Correspondent at AccessLocal.Tv has revealed my ability to speak with people from all different walks of life. When I first started the internship, I was skeptic; I did not believe I would have what it took to get the assignments done. Sure I had some basic communication and production skills, but researching and contacting were a different monster.

I had avoided digging into the roots of my community in South Sacramento, and here comes this new requirement that I had to for the first assignment. Not only did I have no idea where to start, I had no idea who I was going to interview for the video. There was no other way, I just had to suck it up and start talking to people. I figured my best starting point was to walk around the neighborhood and start with the well-known sites of Meadowview. With known sites produce numerous individuals of potential interviewees.

It worked! The people of Meadowview were so excited to here they had a chance to talk about their community I actually ended up with too many interviews and photos! With some enthusiasm in my voice and my display of genuine interest, the people responded generously. I had figured out how to get people to become an open book. Not only was I extremely good in my communication skills, I was good enough that people wanted to keep talking to me so exchanging information became a regular throughout this program.

If I could offer one piece of advice for future participants it would be to build as many contacts as possible. Not only did I have the chance to get to know the locals throughout the greater Sacramento area, but I met some extremely powerful people as well. I got to meet politicians, famous chiefs, even drank coffee with local law enforcement. Building personal and professional relationships with these people can change your life. The opportunity around me has become limitless. You also come to realization that the community members are just as powerful as the big names, because without the locals, their names wouldn’t be big.

Take advantage of every assignment in this program. Do not look at is as homework, think of it as another open door to learn, grow, and change the world as you thought you knew it. Life has no limitations, so do not put limitations on your capabilities. AccessLocal.Tv gives you the freedom to get to know your surroundings and the people that live in it. Goodluck!