There is no better way to describe the past week than journalism boot camp.
Lesson #1: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Prepare accordingly.
Lesson #2: Know your gear backwards and forwards. See above.
Lesson #3: Ponchos, ponchos, ponchos. Paying $9 for over priced ponchos to avoid soaked gear is not cool.
Lesson #4: Be familiar with the area surrounding where you will be working. WiFi and coffee are especially important.
Lesson #5: Expect the unexpected (both good and bad).
Lesson #6: Take ORGANIZED notes. Always. No excuses.
Lesson #7: Somehow find the time to clear your head, relax a bit and eat some real food.
Lesson #8: Find professional-looking shoes that are actually comfortable. Blisters can ruin your week.