One of my greatest passions is writing. Joining the Journalism program is one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made, as I’ve been able to express myself and make so many memories. Not only has it granted me academic freedom, but it’s taught me so many lessons that I’ll be able to carry with me for the rest of my life. From learning about communication and making connections to creative expression, this is what being a writer has taught me.
First things first, staying on the task at hand is top priority. Sadly, I had to find this out the hard way; but you live you learn. The ability to stay focused and consistent with my work is key not only in Newspaper, but any job or assignment that I could ever have. There are deadlines, there are due dates, and you are held accountable for your ability to get things done. And if not? There are always going to be some form of consequences, and you can’t put yourself in the position where you’re failing or falling behind. When you’re able to keep up, you give yourself room to grow, and that’s exactly what I was able to do. I used to slack off and when due dates came I was consumed with anxiety, but now I know how to manage my time and know how to keep pushing and pushing until I get things done.
Moving forward, another thing I learned was that communication is so important, even outside of the program. There were many times in my life where everything was falling apart and school became a burden. It was hard for me to get everything done on time, as well as being at the standard I wanted. Whether it has been articles, art pieces, or poems, I wanted them to be absolutely perfect and I just couldn’t. My teacher, Passardi, and the Editors are always saying “..if you need anything let us know”, and one day it hit me that I needed to say something or I was going to fail drastically. I sat down with Passardi and told her I was struggling, and afterwards I was able to have the academic freedom I’ve always needed. Opening up to your teachers and being honest with them, asking them questions and explaining where you’re coming from is one of the best things that you can do to ensure you succeed.
Finally, the absolute most important thing Journalism has taught me is that you need to be true to yourself and honestly, have fun!
If you’re comfortable in the way that you write and know yourself, then you will succeed. If you feel that your work could improve, then try to grow into a better version of ‘you’ and consult your teachers or the people around you to see how you can improve. I know for a while I didn’t know what was wrong with the way that I wrote when I was rushing to make it presentable, and I was consumed with the fear of what people would think. Somewhere along the way, I realized I needed to write from my heart, regardless of the topic, and give out a piece of ‘me’ every time. After that, my creativity blossomed and I wasn’t trapped in my head anymore with what you could call “writers block”.
All and all being a part of Newspaper has been a wonderful experience with its highs and lows. It has turned into a growing passion of mine and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. In reading this, I hope it’s helped develop excitement for the year to come, and convinced you to push your creative limits. Good luck!