By Rick Buttacavoli
“Do you know Rick, our editor-in-chief? He’s a Xaverian grad.”
That was how it all started. A simple exchange of pleasantries between Eagle Sales Manager Marc Hibsher and Marie Lane, Xaverian High School’s assistant to special events, at a community event last October would lead to my enrollment as a mentor in the school’s groundbreaking new Intern Program at Xaverian (IPAX).
Internship Director Ana Loposky, who I knew from my time as a student at Xaverian, emailed me just a few days later with all the details. The program, designed to give honor students a chance to explore potential careers while gaining “real world” experience, was to run once a week from November 2011 through the end of February 2012.
There were two students interested in journalism, so I was asked if I could mentor both of them. I immediately agreed and both Lane and Loposky voiced their gratitude. In truth, I should have been thanking them. This was exactly the type of opportunity I had been looking for — a chance to impart whatever wisdom I had gained in my nearly 10-year career unto young men who, despite an uncertain professional climate for newspapers, still had an interest in the field I fell in love with when I was their age. The fact that I was once in their shoes — literally — made it a perfect match. read more