Brennan Collins said he finds it difficult to sit in one place for too long and his mind can sometimes race. But, he found a way to handle it.
“I can move in other ways, like getting thoughts out of my head, writing stories that I just built there,” Collins said. “It’s a really good way to enjoy relieving pressure in the mind.”
Through a Minnesota News Media Institute/Minnesota Newspaper Association internship program, Collins was able to relieve some of that pressure by working as a part-time summer intern at the Tribune.
Collins talked a bit about himself, why he decided to pursue this internship, some of the things he has done so far, what he has found most enjoyable and most difficult about the experience, what he hopes to get out of it, and his potential future plans after graduation.
As for the internship, The Tribune applied for this program, along with 36 other newspapers and was one of 12 selected for it. This program covers 75% of the salary the intern earns up to $1,000.
As for Collins, a senior next fall at Greenbush-Middle River High School, he has two big passions in life: basketball and writing. During the school year, he also likes to participate in the drama department of the GMR.
In his senior year of high school, he looks forward to the greater responsibilities that come with it, including the opportunity to be a leader. It’s different from years past when he only had to worry about performance.
“Now you have to worry about having an influence on the next generation who look up to you and want to follow and do what you do,” Collins said. “So now you have to worry about being a role model too. So I’m really looking forward to seeing this and seeing how I can impact, I guess, the underclass students who want to aspire to participate in what I love to do too, like basketball and the theatre.
In addition to doing the internship this summer, he also continues to work at the Greenbush Pool, now in its third year.
“It’s really fun… Honestly, I think it’s probably the perfect summer job. You can hang out with your friends, good hours, good tan,” Collins said “… The pool is a really big part of the community. And I feel like… it’s cool, because you kind of add to the cool summer plan from childhood.
He decided to pursue this internship opportunity for the chance to learn how to merge his two passions, basketball and writing, into one. Since his English lessons in college, he loves to write stories.
“There’s a kind of independence, I guess, of expression, you would say,” Collin said. “…It’s always been a really fun, independent kind of thing that I can do with myself.”
Collins accompanied Tribune reporter Ryan Bergeron on some assignments and also went solo on others. In early June, he followed Bergeron to Section 8A softball action, and in July, he accompanied Bergeron to a GMR school board meeting and a Greenbush City meeting.
During these meetings, he admitted that he felt a little lost, thinking about how he would write about all the situations brought up during these meetings. It gave insight into how his community works.
“I thought that was really great to see because you can see familiar members that you know, like faces that you know come to the council with their issues and then they work it out,” Collins said. “I thought it was really, really interesting. I thought it was actually quite beautiful, actually, to see our local governments working that way.
He has also written his own stories, including about the Greenbush Memorial Day program, the Prairie Fire Children’s Theater (PFCT) local production of “Beauty and the Beast”, the Greenbush-Middle River Summer School Program and Section 8A Track and Field. To encounter.
To see the full story, read the July 27 issue of The Tribune in print or online.