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Miami Times intern prepares for success

admin | 7/12/2012, 5:51 a.m.

Janiah Adams says shes been bitten by the writers bug

With the onset of summer, many of South Floridas teens expect to spend their school break enjoying the areas famed beaches, friends house parties or just enjoying the beauty of being able to do absolutely nothing around the house. But 16-year-old Janiah Thomas chose a different path. From now until August, the rising 11th grader spends several days a week as an intern in the offices of The Miami Times office in Liberty City. The Muslim teen was offered an internship at the Miami Times after she impressed the editor with her astute questions during a class field trip to tour the building in the winter of 2011. Her interest in journalism sprung from her own natural talents. My first love is writing, she said. When I was younger I use to write in college-ruled notebooks and fill them up with stories. Her writing ability has allowed her to be published twice in the national newspaper, The Final Call. The first time she was only a fifth grader. While she is undecided about what college she wants to attend two years from now, shes certain that she will be studying mass communications. In the meantime, Janiah will continue to apply herself whole-heartedly to her studies.Her dedication and hard work paid off with her finishing her sophomore year with a 3.9 GPA. The drive to do well was nurtured by several sources including her family and teachers, and also by Janiah herself. I want to make sure that I get an education and be able to get into a really good school, said Janiah, who comes from a family of nine. She advises other students to be forward thinking and yet flexible. Stay focused [on your studies] because there may be times where you feel that everything will be okay but you never really know what is going to happen, she said. I think you should take any opportunity that you can get even if its one that you may not be all that interested in it may turn out to be the best thing youve ever done life is full of surprises. by Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com