I Was Afraid To Admit It, But My Journalism Major Scares Me

I Was Afraid To Admit It, But My Journalism Major Scares Me

But I don't know if I'd enjoy it if it didn't.

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I am so confident in what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I've never had to question my path to getting there and I've never gotten fed up with it. I've never wanted to quit or switch because it wasn't exactly what I expected. I get everything I want out of my curriculum and professors. Because I do take it incredibly seriously, my expectations are high and they are always exceeded.

With that said, it scares the hell out of me.

Being a person of the media has me petrified, but that's part of why I get so into it. I tend to chase after all the things that freak me out just to see if it's really that bad. And usually, they're not.

There are fears of picking a major solely because I enjoy it. It's scary to think I'm relying on my own entertainment for paying the bills until retirement that may never be possible. They're the kind of fears worth chasing after for the next forever.

But one particular conversation is what scared me about my major more than anything else.

I was at work and a woman asked what I was studying. Of course, I said "journalism" with a bit of excitement in my voice. I was half expecting her to have a response like almost everyone else. Something like "oh, well what would you do with that?" That's a fair question since we're always made to believe it's a dying field. But, no. She made a pretty terrifying statement.

"Lord! You're gonna come out of there crooked."

Then she went to have a conversation with a stranger about all her issues with politics and that's when I realized what she meant.

All I could mutter was a quick, "Uh, OK." Because that was a first.

I know I'm not preparing myself to enter the most honest profession, but the majority of what I've learned over the last two years is how not to be a victim to the media. To make us competent, honest professionals, journalism students are taught how to find facts, remove bias and prevent ourselves from being fooled by everything out in the world the way an average person would be.

The part that scares me about that one conversation is not that I will come out of college crooked, but that people have all these preconceived notions regardless of what kind of journalism I do.

There are no boundaries for what journalism students could do and yet there's this apparent worry that we'll all be producers of media that is of the political enemy. I could tell that women saw MSNBC news anchor or "Washington Post" editor written all over me when I said the word "journalism."

And this small, southern woman with the "Can I speak to the manager?" haircut and stale attitude shouldn't have affected me, but it did.

However, somewhere between having that little conversation and now, my outlook on it completely changed. Like with everything else that scares me, I go after it. I'm more so chasing the idea of proving that stranger wrong. I can work that much harder on not being "crooked." I'm not completely certain I know what that means, but I'm dead set on it.

It'll keep me on my toes and should make things even more interesting.

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Yes, I Want To Be A Teacher

"You know you don't make that much money, right?"
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Yes, I want to be a teacher. Yes, I know what the salary of a teacher is like. Yes, I know that people will view my future career as “easy." No, I would not want any other job in the world.

I am sure that I am not the only future educator who has had enough with hearing all the critiques about becoming a teacher, we are tired of hearing all the negative aspects because it's obvious that the positives will ALWAYS outweigh those judgmental negative comments.

So, why do I want to be a teacher? I am sure that I speak for many other future teachers when I say that I am not doing it for the salary, benefits, or even the summer vacation (although that is a great plus!).

I want to be a teacher because I will be able to wake up on Mondays and actually be excited. Saturday and Sunday will be a nice break to relax, but I know that I will be ready to fill up my apple-shaped mug with coffee on Monday morning and be ready for a day full of laughs and new lessons for my students for the upcoming week.

I want to be a teacher because I get to have an impact on tomorrow's leaders. No, I don't mean that I'm predicting my future student to be the president of the United States (but, hey, that would be a pretty cool accomplishment). I mean that I have the job to help students recognize that they have the power to be a leader in and out of the classroom.

I want to be a teacher because I don't want an easy day. Challenges are what push me to greatness and success. Although many people think teaching is an easy profession, I know that it isn't easy. It's very hard, every day at every moment. But it is worth it when a student finally understands that math problem that stumped them for a while and they have a huge smile from ear to ear.

I want to be a teacher because I want to work with kids. I mean, come on, what else is greater than a kid having fun and you're the reason why? A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a child being excited and having fun while learning is worth a million.

I want to be a teacher because I don't want a high salary. If I really cared about making a six-figure income, I would have chosen a different profession. Teaching is not about the check that I bring home every week or two, it's about what I learn and the memories that I make, the memories that I get to share with my family at dinner that night.

SEE ALSO: To The Teacher Who Helped Shape Me

I want to be a teacher because there is nothing else in this world that I'd rather do for the rest of my life. Sure, there may be other jobs that are rewarding in more ways. But to me, nothing can compare to the view of a classroom with little feet swinging back and forth under a desk from a student learning how to write their ABCs.

Teaching may not be seen as the perfect profession for everyone, but it is the perfect profession for me.

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To The Miami University Odyssey Team, From Your President

All good things must come to an end.

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I joined Odyssey in the summer of 2016, just before my sophomore year of college. I had always loved writing, but as a marketing major with my schedule packed full of business classes, I was finding that I didn't have much of an outlet for creative writing, and I really missed it.

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from Odyssey, but I hoped that it would become that creative outlet for me.

Odyssey turned out to be exactly that and so much more. Odyssey became part of my identity and the team at Miami turned into my community. I became a better writer and editor, I got experience with the intricacies of social media marketing, and I had the opportunity to grow my leadership skills. I met so many wonderful people that I probably never would have known and had doors opened that wouldn't have been otherwise.

I still remember the first article I ever wrote, a letter of advice to my friends starting college. I remember the first time one of my articles broke 10,000 views (now at 80,000) and the first time one broke 100,000 (now at 650,000). However, the most memorable part of my time with Odyssey has been the feeling of getting to share my voice and passions with people from all over the country.

Almost three years later, it's finally my time to say goodbye to the team that means so much to me. While I've known this time was coming (after all, my parents informed me very early on that taking more than four years to graduate was not an option), I'm still a little surprised by how hard it is going to be to say goodbye. It hasn't always been easy. There have been days where I've felt a little bit like I was drowning in responsibility, days when the last thing I wanted to do was write another article, and days that have been just plain frustrating.

However, the joys I've gotten to experience vastly outweigh the difficulties I've faced, and for that, I owe it to all of you.

To my team members, both past and present:

None of this would have been possible without all of you. I've enjoyed seeing all of you experience the same joys that I've experienced as a writer. I've loved helping you whether it's been coming up with a topic idea, editing your articles, or answering your questions. It's been an honor to work alongside you as a fellow writer as well as to work for you as President. I look forward to continuing to read the wonderful content you produce and seeing all of you succeed as writers.

To Amanda:

I couldn't have asked for a better Editor-in-Chief to work alongside. You have done so much for me and our team and I'm so glad that I've gotten to experience all of it with you. Hollan always called us the dream team, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

I hope you all know how much Odyssey and our team has meant to my college experience. It has been an enormous privilege to serve as your President and I can't thank you enough for the role that each one of you has played in this experience.

Sincerely,

Your President

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