Journalism: The First Rough Draft Of History

Journalism: The First Rough Draft Of History

Don't take this major or career lightly, the world literally revolves around it.
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It continues to amaze me how much people continuously underestimate a student or graduate with a journalism major, especially now that I am actively pursuing a degree in the field. As I was nearing the end of high school, I could have chosen to do anything that I wanted. My grades were above average, I was very involved in my school as well as in my community, and I had nine college acceptances to prove that. My heart, my passion and my drive had been pointing me to journalism since I was eight years old. I have always had a love of writing and I definitely have been focused on turning that love into a career since I knew that it was something I could really do for a living. I was by no means looking for an "easy degree". In fact, I think that the path I have chosen is anything but easy.

I have received so much criticism over my choice in a field of study. The question I am continuously asked by many acquaintances of my parents is "So, what are you even going to do with that?" To which I reply, "I really want to be a news anchor or write for a newspaper or magazine column." I typically get a pretty rude response to my passionate answer to their question, somewhere along the lines of "Oh, I figured a smart girl like you would become a nurse." I really would just like to remind them that if I had gone into the medical field, I would have already flunked out of college. I am by no means a math or science genius, and I know that. Not every smart person goes to medical school, and every degree takes different types of work and effort.

Journalism requires a study of many different things. Most people think that it's just a lot of writing. I mean, loving writing is normally a good place to start considering it is the foundation, but it really is so much more. A student majoring in journalism will learn a lot of history, a lot of statistics and even a little bit of psychology and law. So, yes, we write a lot, but we also need to know every inch of every law ever put into effect about what we can and can't write. We need to know about what's going on in the minds of our subjects and people we interview, and we need to know about the history of journalism.

One of my favorite quotes about this completely epic career path is "Journalism is the first rough draft of history." This pretty much says it all. Without early journalism, we would literally have no record of anything that happened in the past. Think about the first place you learn about events in the world around you, is it a history text book? No, it's the news. Without journalism, those history text books would never be written, there would be no facts to publish. Without journalism, no one on earth would know what was going on around them. Professionals in this field have to have a passion for what they do because there is no quality in any content without a huge level of passion behind it.

So, no, I didn't choose to study journalism because I couldn't get into medical school. I chose journalism because I want to discover things and tell the world about them. I want to be the person who reports intense murder cases or covers presidential campaign speeches, right there in the action with all of the people. My major is no easier than any other major, so get over yourself. This field has opened my eyes to so much about the world around me, and has shown me that a thousand words really are better than a picture. Being a journalist takes extreme nerve and determination, and the realization that your very name and career are at risk with every word that you publish or even speak. Degrading someone's choice in degree is seriously sad, especially when you're just plain uneducated about the many, many things that they can do with that degree.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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