20 things that only journalism majors can understand

20 Things You Can Relate To If You Are A Journalism Major

Whether you are currently studying journalism or have already obtained your degree, you will most likely relate to everything on this list.

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Journalism. It is your life. You work 24/7. News fills up your twitter feed and you are constantly talking about your job. There is nothing else that you can relate to more than needing a cup of coffee at midnight in order to finish your workload. It is a tough profession and it is certainly not meant for everyone. So, if you are an aspiring journalist, or already a journalist, congratulations. You work in one of the craziest careers out there.

With that being said, journalists are in a field of their own. Here is a list with relatable journalism aspects, that only journalism majors can relate to.

1. You run on coffee...

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To be fair, everyone needs to coffee, but journalists depend on it. You can't get through the day without a cup of coffee- or 3. Without coffee, you wouldn't get any of your reporting done.

2. All nighters are an every night occurrence...

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There is no sleep in the game of journalism. Insomnia is real and so is the sleep deprivation. You are up working all hours of the night, and the lack of sleep doesn't help when you need to get up bright and early to cover the breaking news stories.

3. That great feeling you get after a great interview...

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It was a long chat, but you now feel unstoppable. You feel like the next Anderson Cooper.

4. ... And that terrible feeling you get after a terrible interview...

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Yikes. That was awkward.

5. When your article deadlines appear out of nowhere...

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Deadlines are always creeping up on you. Something will be due next week and then all of a sudden the article needs to be edited within the next hour.

6. Reading smoothly through an entire script and then stuttering on the last sentence...

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You read through an entire five minute script with ease, only to say your name wrong on your closing.

7. Reading through your published article and finding an error...

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Punctuation. Grammar. Misspellings. They happen.

8. The low financial income...

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Journalists are broke. It is ok though, because most of us love what we do. It balances out.

9. Spending hours upon hours transcribing interviews...

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Transcribing is the worst! You always push it off until last minute. That 10-minute interview turns into a 30-minute transcribing period. If you have an hour interview, your transcribing time turns into a three-hour session. Transcribing is a journalist's biggest pet peeve. Period.

10.  Having people tell you that the news is fake and that you have a corrupt job...

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When people ask your career is or what you are studying and you say journalism, they always have something to say. You commonly hear "the news is fake," or "all journalists do is lie." Sure, there are some bad journalists, but you are not one of them. All you can do is roll your eyes.

11.  Having no idea what you are going to pitch for your next story...

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Sitting there in the abyss while trying to come up with a story idea is awful when your mind is drawing a blank.

12. Having no time to eat...

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You don't have time to eat. You go from interview to interview. From shooting to shooting. There is no time for food. It is ok though, you have your coffee.

13. While your friends go out, you have to stay in and finish your articles...

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There is never time for nights out on the town because you always have work to do. Especially those final edits.

14. When you report an entire segment and realize that the mic wasn't working...

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You record your entire segment. You thought it sounded good and your camera presence was at its best. However, it turns out the mic wasn't working. *Sigh.*

15. Constantly trying to perfect your demo reel and resume...

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Everything needs to be perfect. You need to stand out. You need to look great on camera. You always find yourself questioning; can I put this on my resume?

16. You have your normal voice and a reporting voice...

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Your voice scares you. When you listen to yourself talking you are always like; who is this person? Your friends even point it out. It is fairly obvious.

17. That proud feeling you get when someone says your article was great...

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All that time consuming work was not a waste after all. People are reading your work, and they are liking it. It is the best feeling when your article voices say that your article makes them feel good about themselves. Well done. Give yourself a pat on the back.

18. Dropping everything to do an interview...

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Whenever you can, you try to get your interviews in. You will be mid-class and walk out to quickly phone interview someone. You will be out to eat and leave the restaurant to talk to someone. Anytime and any place, you will always drop everything in order to get your interviews in.

19. Meeting awesome people basically everyday...

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You love reporting. You get to meet the coolest people. Listening to their stories is the best part. You become a source's voice and you feel like you are changing lives.

20. Being a journalist can drive you crazy, but you wouldn't change your job for anything...

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You go crazy, to the point where you have no idea what is going on. It is ok though. You are passionate about your job and your really wouldn't change it for anything. You couldn't see yourself being anything but a journalist.

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10 Reasons Why I Want To Be a Nurse

"Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it's awkward. When it's uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions." — Jamie Tworkowski

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I truly believe that nursing is one of the greatest professions on this earth. It is demanding, but very rewarding. I haven't started my nursing career yet, but I am in college pursuing a nursing degree. Often I get the question "Why do you want to be a nurse?" And sometimes, when I have 40 assignments and five chapters to read in one day I also question my decision to become a nurse.

Here are 10 reasons why I'm choosing to stick it out and become a nurse:

1. You get to help others in many different ways.

Basically, your job is to serve others. It takes special people to be able to do this well. I love getting to help other people and show them Christ's love, whether that be consoling them when a loved one passed or helping them get better when they are sick.

2. Every day will be different.

You will have many different patients and tasks. Needless to say, no day will be boring.

3. You get to wear scrubs to work.

Come on, who doesn't want to wear scrubs every day? They are super comfortable, cute, and professional. You don't usually find those three aspects in one outfit.

4. You have a very wide range of career paths.

You could be an ER nurse, neonatal nurse, geriatric nurse, oncology nurse, and the list goes on and on...

5. There will always be a need for nurses and the pay is pretty good.

Job stability is always a plus in career paths. Depending on your path, you could also make a lot of money.

6. The human body is amazing and I love learning about it.

The human body and its processes have always been intriguing and interesting to me. With a nursing job, you never stop learning about it.

7. One day when I'm out in public and something terrible happens or someone has a medical issue, I can say "I'm a nurse!" and help out.

I've seen this happen many times and so badly I wanted to be the nurse in the room and be able to save the day.

8. You get to make a difference.

Being nice and caring for someone who doesn't get that kind of treatment just might change their life.

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9. You get to work with all kinds of cool medical equipment.

Every future nurse loves medical equipment and can't wait to use it all the time. We're nerdy and that's a good thing because our nerdiness will save lives one day.

10. You have one of the best jobs in the world.

Getting to help people while having fun and wearing cute scrubs sounds pretty great to me.

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What Goes On Behind The Swinging Doors Of An ER, From Someone Wearing The Scrubs

You have seen paramedics rushing with a gurney with someone lying on it... is that really true though?

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This is my personal exposé on working in an emergency department and telling you if "Grey's Anatomy" is a myth or not too far from the actual truth. The blood, the running, the codes, the ambulance, the sirens, happens all the time actually and it's not just a "once in a blue moon" situation.

Every day as you get there we do what we call huddle which is gathering together and talking about the shift before and what happened in regards how many people were admitted into the hospital if it was a busy shift and as well how our staffing looks for the incoming shift. Our huddles only happen twice a day for the change of morning and night shift. Morning shift is from 7 a.m. -7 p.m. and night shift is from 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. If your shift is any time between that (i.e. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. or 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. you report to the charge nurse) which is the nurse that will be calling the shots and placing you for the day.

In the emergency department where I report to, we have what we call pods meaning different sections of where you will be working and they are sectioned off my acuity level.

Pod 1: the most critical acuity, the place where the trauma rooms are held and where you will find the running and sweating of the staff because the location consists of our code 5 or code blue (cardiac arrest) being held.

Pod 2: half side A and half side B meaning that half of that side have just as much acuity level in pod 1 and the other half have a lower acuity level.

Pod 3: it's a combination of all three and it is opened if we need more rooms because the level of patients present is a high census.

Side C: this side is our "urgent care" side and where we see the lowest acuity of patients relating to flu, headaches, or placing splints.

Working in this department is certainly not meant for everyone but if it meant for you, you will enjoy both flaws and perks of the department. I enjoy the busy the crazy and the short-staffed days, it is tough but it gives me sort of my purpose working in the department.

You eventually see people you know in a different state in a state you don't know and that they are needing your help and it also helps you understand how to prioritize the tasks you have ahead of you and the acuity level of patients. It gives you a rush and you are always left in a state of high intensity and sense of feeling rushed.

However, just because I am able to work in such a "selfless" environment, does not mean that it is always the best. In fact, many show up with an ungrateful attitude and have cursed at us or even have tried to throw a strike they are just not oriented to comprehend.

As many tiresome days, I have worked, it does pay up. It pays because at the end of the day it pays to have helped someone and it fascinates me to learn more about the human body and how deceitful it may be to ourselves.

Is there ever crying?

Yes, either patients, family members or even staff if the situation is too close they tear up or are touched up. It's normal. We are human, but we don't let it get to us and remove ourselves if we are not able to handle it.

Scandalous relationships and secret seductive rendezvous?

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No... and maybe yes. Everything is extremely secretive but everything is also spread so thinly you eventually hear it. No people are not sleeping at the hospital. There is not even time to go to the bathroom sometimes let alone sleep at the department. It's an emergency department that is continuously short-staffed just like any other place. Sorry no Dr. McDreamy is present here with his intern that decide to meet in the on-call room. Actually, we do not have access to that it is very limited and not even sure we may have an on-call room.

I met my own Cristina Yang...

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Working 12 hours, 3 days a week and sometimes picking up over time, helps you create relationships and even the best of friendships. I can say if you choose your friends wisely and are able to have enough free time to be with one another then you can have your very own Cristina Yang. You get to have close friendships that you can both work together and bond over the EMS that you got including the two new patients you just received.

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