College was a given, but not being able to do every and any journalism assignment took some discipline.
However, had I not applied for every journalism workshop I qualified for this summer, I would not have experienced post-tornado coverage in Tuscaloosa or hearing my voice behind a live radio broadcast in West Virginia.
I even changed my ringtone for the first time in more than a year, it is from a "We're coming back" Alabama tornado video. The song -- London Music Works' "Requiem for a Tower." Now, I'm motivated to answer my phone.
Today, I also listened to my voice on Alabama NPR. I still do not like how I sound, but I had similar quips when I had to write essays and ask questions in elementary school -- and that turned out well.