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Taking journalism class was a total mistake.

Posted: January 19, 2017 5:09 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Anna Mock

I originally signed up for art class and was shocked that I was suddenly plopped into a class that I had no prior interest in whatsoever. I remember being freaked out by how scary the requirements for the class sounded, going within the same day to find out if I could switch classes, and feeling disappointed when my guidance counselor told me that art class was full and I was stuck in journalism.

It turned out, alright, though, and I actually stuck with it. I mean, else you would not be reading this right now.

I like journalism for a number of reasons. Ask anyone who has taken the class before: there is a high feeling of satisfaction that comes with finally putting out a paper that had a lot of work put into it and having people read it and acknowledge one’s own contributions to it.

One big thing I enjoy about journalism is interviewing people, even though it is probably the scariest part of the whole journalism process, especially for a person of shy leaning such as myself. I enjoy finding out about people and having a good excuse to ask them questions about themselves and their opinions. I like listening to people talk, and I feel that having private talks with people I am hardly acquainted with for the sake of journalism has helped me advance my social skills at least a little bit.

I like writing and being able to put my writing skills to some use other than writing works of fiction or musings that will probably only ever sit in Word files on my laptop and attract dust. I like being able to improve my writing.

I also like feeling like part of a team. We are all working towards a common goal: to put a decent school newspaper out in a timely manner. It is a social and a group effort, and at the end of the day and it feels good to be a part of something bigger. You do not have to play sports to be part of a pretty cool team, people.  

I enjoy the general feeling of accomplishment journalism gives me. Like, heck yeah, I am an editor on the Palmetto Leaf newspaper. I interview people and take pictures and work on layouts and draw cartoons and churn out 300 word columns and even manage to enjoy myself while doing so. I am productive, more or less.

 

Although taking journalism class was a mistake, some of the best things in life often start out as mistakes, and I am grateful for making this mistake in particular.  

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