Remember when you were a little kid, and people—even strangers—would ask you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Quite confidently I told them, “a journalist.” I was six. And I never changed my mind.
I love writing and every aspect of it. As a matter of fact, I wish every college assignment was a paper. I think I would enjoy it more (although I always loved school regardless); that and I wouldn’t have to worry about passing a math class, which I honestly have serious trouble with—stereotype of a journalist, I know… sorry guys.
As I was saying, growing up I enjoyed reading the newspaper. I loved the way it looked and I even have this weird love for pencils and pens to this day. Every Sunday with my Dad, we would pick up the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, which is my local newspaper back home. When he was done reading it, he would give it to me to read; that and have me help him cut out the coupons. It’s one of my fondest memories I have of him, something I will always miss, but will continue to do and show my children.
I’m one who also thinks it is crucial to take the time and watch the news on TV, something my generation seems to be lacking, besides finding out through Facebook and Twitter. I know, I know, that’s the way our industry is going, but there is nothing like actually going out of your way and taking the time to find out the news and seeing it with your own eyes—not through the grapevine. On top of that, you learn your own views when you find out news on your own, as opposed to hearing what other people think about it. I’ll watch anything from the local news, the View, Fox News, the Wendy Williams Show, ESPN and E! News and while I am away from home, I try to stay updated with the Sun-Sentinel or local news stations back home, so I know how MY community is being affected. My favorite time to watch is first thing in the morning, and before bed.
This sounds weird, but I don’t remember the last book I completed. I used to love reading, but now I start a book and never finish it. But when I DO read, it’s usually some sort of inspirational/method/advice book or a true story/nonfiction. I can’t seem to get into something as fake as vampires, like Twilight. I also like history books—then again I am also a History major. If I even pass a book on the Kennedy’s, I have to have it.
We have to pay attention, stay current and aware.
See, why can’t every assignment be writing? This was interesting.