What Journalism Has Done For Me

Jordane Branch, Staff Writer

I am indecisive. There, I said it. I have a hard time deciding. In fact, I even had a hard time deciding to start with this. This school year I started taking Journalism and, to be honest, I was very skeptical about the class because it was outside my comfort zone. I have never really been that confident in my writing and I didn’t think I’d enjoy the class because of the possibility of having an overwhelming workload. I wondered if it was going to affect my semester. 

Was I ever wrong? This year, the first semester was enjoyable because of Journalism. It turns out, I am a pretty good writer, I am okay stepping outside of my comfort zone, and I enjoyed the class. The truth is, I never felt a lot of pressure because of the class; it wasn’t a lot to juggle and my teacher is very kind and helpful. 

Now, coming into the second semester, I feel that I have found something I love to do. Writing has become therapeutic for me. I deal with anxieties and excessive indecisiveness, but this class helps me focus on making a choice and sticking to it with confidence.

Throughout the time I’ve been taking journalism. I’ve seen consistent growth and confidence in my writing. I feel like myself in this class. I feel like I can be open and honest about my thoughts and opinions. Writing for the school paper is such an honor and pleasure.

Take the risk and try something outside of your comfort zone. It’s rewarding to say that I tried something that I didn’t know anything about, I became good at it, and now I love doing it. Hockey Hall of Famer, Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” I am more than happy that I took a shot at this class and made the best out of the opportunity presented to me.