BACK in my elementary days, I know what I want to be when I grow up. My dream is to become a journalist. I started realizing this while watching news on Television. I am enthralled how they deliver their news. I was inspired by those brave-souled journalists who embark on dangerous areas in the name of news and public service. Since then, I practiced to be a one.
I read and write as much as I can, realizing that being a journalist is not as easy as it seems. In high school, I tried to join in our school publication but only the junior and senior high school had that privilege. I was quite disappointed, I found it unfair, but I chose to just improve myself. I wasn’t able to join the publication even in my senior year and so I told myself that I will do so in college.
My parents had plans for me and they want me to be in the field of medicine. How about my dreams to be a journalist? Quite sad but… oh, well. So I got into this medical course that I never wanted. Still, my passion for writing has not died and so I applied in our University press. Gladly, I got in and enjoyed the perks of being a school news writer. Apart from finding news and doing what I really want, seeing the my name in the byline held such a glorious feeling! I’m happy to be part of the team for two years.
In my second year in college, I was already struggling with my course. I was not interested and it was a big effort. I’d go to school not motivated to study. Thus, when I got the chance, it shifter from Bachelor of Science to Bachelor of Arts… without my parents knowing. Such a rebellious act but it’s about my dream and future career.
Finally I am now an incoming senior communication arts student. What I’ve been through was such a long journey for me. Now I really enjoy my internship and I’ve been learning a lot about writing articles and what it’s like working for a newspaper with reporters constantly stressing over deadlines. After everything I went through, I do not regret the experience. I learned that being a journalist requires dedication. I am a journalist in the making. And don’t worry, my parents already know that I’m no longer a medical student.
Janin is a student of the University of the Immaculate Conception.
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