In fact, after Rain served one semester as a staff writer, Fosdick approached her again and asked if she would like to be editor. However, she had some reservations. "I didn’t want to take on the top editor position," Rain says. So she asked her friend Rachel for support. "I was like, 'Rachel, do you want to do it with me? I think we would work really well together.' And she’s like, 'Yeah, let’s do it!' So her and I just took it on, and I’m really glad we did because—not to toot our own horns—but I think we did improve it a lot."
Rain (left) with her co-editor Rachel
Access definitely came with its own challenges. Unlike with The Spartan Daily, there was very little oversight. Rain says, "The challenge of Access I think is it doesn’t really have specific guidelines of how to do it because I feel like every editor team kind of takes it on in a different way. Whereas the Spartan Daily, you get trained and you kind of do the same thing every semester."
Access only comes out every spring, so each team often works without the benefit of guidance from the previous staff. On the other hand, Rain appreciated the hands-on learning experience. She says, "We made a lot of mistakes and there’s a lot of things that I wish someone would have told us, 'Hey, you should have done this,' or 'this would have been easier route,' but we kind of had to think on our toes a lot and I think that’s what journalism is too."
Like many newly-graduated journalists, Rain has started out by freelancing for the local newspaper--in her case the Campbell express. To earn extra money, she works at Shoreline Lake in Mountain view, assisting with boat rentals.
However, local isn't the same as "dull." in once of her favorite assignments, Rain got to go up in a B17 bomber with a 92-year-old World War II veteran who himself had been a bombadier in his day and flown 25 missions.