Thursday, June 2, 2011

On the 'Edge of Glory'

I have interviewed basketball players, movie stars and interacted with some of the best journalism has to offer.

And I still have plenty to learn.

In the last month, I have been confronted with decisions that have taken me out of my comfort zone; away from the "fun journalism," that is travel, sports and entertainment. However, in order to do all within journalism, I have to know all is well.

That is where college comes in. I heard "time commitment" at a recent Honors College Orientation and scoffed at the idea, but journalism actually encompasses more than the math and science I have (successfully) avoided.

I will have to take critical thinking and public speaking classes. I will have to work with other people and not be a one-man photo, reporter, writer, etc. These skills are necessary and require more than just the above average story that I have had the opportunity to cover.

I want to major in journalism but now it might be best to minor, who knows. As summer approaches, the best thing I can do is work on opportunities that I receive now and prepare for a "college experience" in the fall.

That includes improving my writing, communication skills and professionalism when I'm among other journalists; everything really.

I feel like I'm on the "edge of glory," but I have a few hurdles to jump over first.

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