Every time I pass in front of the New York Times building in midtown Manhattan, I feel an excited fluttering in my stomach.
I think to myself, could this be my future workplace?
Rewind to the elementary school days.
Everyone knew me as “the writer.” I knew I was “the writer,” just not what particular category I fell into. I experimented with creative writing for a while, and enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my passion.
I wasn’t really certain about my journalism passion until college started. As an English major, I examined and analyzed famous works of literature. Always an avid reader, I enjoyed this. But I felt like something was missing. I wanted to make an impact – and interact with others – through my writing.
Writing for The Spectrum, where I am now Assistant News Editor, strengthened my skills and gave me an instant taste of the journalism world.
And about the impact factor — I certainly got what I asked for. The entire world has access to my stories on our Web site.
My internship experience blogging for the Christian Web site revelife.com helped me to discover that I’ve got what my supervisor called “it.” By “it,” I mean a voice — something to say. What excites me even more is that people have something to say about what I have to say.
It’s exhilarating. Every aspect of journalism gives me an adrenaline rush, from hunting down my interview contacts to hammering out the finished product.
So that’s why I’m taking this course. With the knowledge I gain from this and other journalism courses, perhaps one day I’ll stand in front of the shiny steel and glass doors of the New York Times building not as a hopeful daydreamer, but as a confident young woman with a journalistic career.