A good teacher can be one of the most influential people in your life. It’s a profession that doesn’t get nearly enough recognition and is often perceived as a backup plan for someone who couldn’t succeed in their given field. However, being a good teacher can be more rewarding than any other job— teachers get to influence minds and souls, they can give kids something to believe in and look forward to. So today, we’re honoring teachers. October 5 is World Teacher’s Day, celebrating the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels
By Kaitlin Trahan, intern
“That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” – Wallace Stegner
By Josh McCormack, intern
As soon as I could walk, my Dad had me in skates and on the ice at our local hockey rink in central Florida. From that time on played almost every sport under the sun. While my love of sports didn’t stick, having joined my high school’s newspaper my freshmen year, organized sports helped to mold me into the person I am today. I wholeheartedly believe that sports are significantly important to young people and their development.
By Taelor Marquetti, intern
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life
With Labor Day, and my last day at Bright Sky Press, approaching, I’ve been thinking about the quality of my work. During my time here, I have been intimately involved in the publishing process: something I’ve always dreamed about. The publishing process can be extensive: from book proposals to editing, to design and printing. While things can get busy in a publishing house, nothing is more rewarding than knowing that the work we do is meaningful.
By Madison Cotton, intern
Six years ago I attended the Special Olympics hosted annually on my school’s football field. I didn’t know anything about it aside from my duties and what time I was going to leave. As I stood by the track, waiting for the opening ceremony, the only thing I could do was complain how hot it was to my friends. Soon enough as the music started playing and the Olympians made their way down the track, a strange feeling came over me. I don’t know exactly what it was, I can only describe it as a swelling feeling in my chest. I held my hand out, offering high-fives to everyone that walked by. People of all ages passed me, slapping my outstretched hand joyfully. The excitement and anticipation was enough to make me grin from ear to ear.
By Amanda Barsky, intern
Summer always seems to pass too quickly. As usual, it’s about that time where we have to trade in our vacations and lazy afternoons by the pool for school supplies and a studious attitude. And for this year’s high school seniors, that includes picking the perfect college, which sounds a lot easier than it really is.
By Eva Freeburn
I first came to Bright Sky Press as an intern in my last year at the University of Houston, then I became Publishing Assistant and finally PR Director. I remember how nervous I was to be interviewed, how vulnerable I felt—after all, I was leaving the cocoon of living life by semesters and syllabi, where I was still safe from real life, to join the glamorous, bustling world of editors and books. In my head it was something like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, minus the big hair, the bunny, and Michael Douglas. I was wrong—about all of it—especially in my definition of glamour.
By Irene Vazquez, intern
Summer is in full swing, and with it comes a baseball season full of excitement. Whether you’ve followed every game or just go to the games for the hot dogs, baseball is America’s pasttime, and it’s part of what makes summer so special. While the Houston Astros weren’t anything to shake a stick at for while, many die-hard fans are seeing their commitment pay off.
By Leo Bulaev, intern
Graduation is upon us, whether it be from high school or college, it is certainly a huge life milestone for many students For those graduates who may be pondering the path forward, here are three books that are perfect for the class of 2016, no matter the age. Whether they are contemplating what to major in or what the next steps will be in their budding career, these three books are sure to inspire.
By Aries Jones, intern
Before I started interning at Bright Sky Press, the only impressions I had about the publishing world came from movies like 13 Going on 30 and The Proposal: I imagined people frantically running about from desk to desk, trying to get to meetings on time, hundreds of deadlines that would need to be reached, piles of manuscripts that would be scattered about the office, and phones continuously going off the hook. My reality check came when I walked through the door to find that Bright Sky Press is a lot (and I mean a LOT) more peaceful than that. Of course, everyone here still has their meetings, deadlines to reach, manuscripts to read, and phones to answer, but the women who work here work together to make sure everything that needs to be done, gets done—no anxiety included. Naturally, it’s started rubbing off on me. All of the big and challenging objectives I have, both inside Bright Sky Press and out, seem miniscule in comparison to what I would have considered them before. I guess that’s the biggest takeaway I have after being with these lovely ladies for a year. I can now take on challenges under a time crunch with stride, without even stressing. Deadlines? Bring it on!