Tuesday, April 24, 2012

One Step Closer

In a few days, I'll have literally nothing on my to-do list. Good, right? Not at all - I always want to have something to strive toward, apply for or write about. 

While I treasure the valuable free-time, I'll use it to my advantage. That means more reading, writing and finding journalism opportunities beyond the summer months. Whenever I miss an opportunity, its frustrating - why didn't I know about it? I should have.

This type of tenacity is just part of my passion. I'll apply, re-apply and follow up - everything and anything is possible. 

In a few weeks, I'm off to the Crescent City (New Orleans) for two weeks of intense journalism on a grand stage. I need to be beyond ready and hold myself to a higher standard. 

I need to continue climbing, one step closer to the next step and the next step and the next step...

Journalism is like climbing a ladder - each step puts me at a greater height; while the ladder grows.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Own the Night (And the Day)

I learned recently I'll have to become an early person - by default. Its the only way to achieve all my daily tasks and goals. I can't walk into a meeting groggy at 10 a.m.

110 percent means alot to me - 100 or 95 won't cut it.

And by early, I mean the time normal, working people wake up. As a young person, naturally I function better in the late afternoon to evening hours, but I have transitioned into the 9 to 5 routine.

Crunch time will ensue over the next few weeks. College finals, picking classes for fall and gearing up for The New York Times' Student Journalism Institute. I'll need to train like a boxer, but journalism style. That means reading journalism books, going over years worth of notes and writing, writing, writing.

I can own the night (finish strong), but I need to own the day (start strong) as well.