Today’s topic is fitting. Either that or I could take it as a sign. This morning I was breezing through my emails, and right when I was about to delete a couple of them, I came across job offers from Indeed.com. As usual, nothing within my field of study. But rather than give up, I decided to dig a little deeper. I typed in what I was looking for, and expanded the search to the entire state of Tennessee. This time it said there was an opening in a location not too far from where I reside. What job did I find- news reporter!!!
I first got into news writing in my high school senior year. I was the head news person of Northwest High School paper The Viking Conqueror. What I loved about news writing was the researching aspect. Call me a geek if you want, but I love knowledge and learn about what was going in the world. For me, interviewing individuals for a news topic was like reading a book. Everyone has a story to tell. Most of all, I loved seeing my name in the byline, as well as hearing that my peers not only read my work, but that they loved it.
(Above: A page from my high school year book in 2011)
At Austin Peay State University, from 2013 to 2015, I expanded my news writing skills as a staff writer for my college newspaper The All State. I enjoyed everything about being a part of Student Publications- from sitting down typing away at a computer, to the stacks of newspapers sitting in places throughout campus, ready to be picked up and read. I still remember how ecstatic I was when one of my stories made front page for the first time.
At some point during my undergraduate years, my father confronted me saying that I should think carefully about the field of study I had chosen- Print &Web Journalism. He wasn’t trying to be mean or disuade me from my dreams. He just wanted to let me know that it wouldn’t be easy. There is so much to think about. There are but so many open journalist positions out there, and Im not only eager, exceptional writer looking to write for a news publication. Also, there is the topic of a decent salary. Despite what he said then, I have no regrets going to college to study what I chose to study. So what if I don’t have my dream job yet. How many of us can say we found our dream job a couples months after college graduation? If you have, congratulations.
Anyway, I learned so much with my major, and I was happy as I learned. I developed skills that further taught me how to be honest, to watch what I say, check my sources, and look over my work more than once.
I don’t know if I’m going to get the job I just applied for, but either way, I have no regrets with chosing print and web journalism as my field of study. It’s part of who I am. It’s one of my passions.
What is your dream job?
Thank you for reading, and have a good night.