Journalism was never my “thing” growing up, it was just an idea put into my head by TV shows and movies as this fantastic crazy career that endlessly ricochets around the world, dragging you along with it. And it is so exciting.
In the beginning, I was always volunteering for events and projects without really knowing where they lead or if I would even enjoy them.
And last year in the middle of October, there was a first-time conference for high school journalists from all over Oregon. Volunteers were needed and as usual I signed up, without really knowing anything about it. After a long hectic day, I realized how extremely cool and satisfying it was to put something together like that. I went out of my way to help the director of the non-profit behind the event. Her excitement about everything was so infectious that I stayed to help in the end.
Then in spring term I got an email inviting the volunteers from October to apply for an internship in the fall. Without thinking about it, I did.
The director from last year remembered me simply by my enthusiasm and I was in (along with many recommendations, of course). I had no idea what I was getting into this fall, but I dove right in.
Today was our one huge event of the term, and I still feel like I’m figuring out what I’m doing, but I’m excited about it.
From what I’ve learned this term so far, especially today, is to just try things with a positive attitude. Just say yes and try things. And most importantly, be enthusiastic about it, even if it is out of your comfort zone. You never know how far it will get you.