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.


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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13 Things All Nursing Majors Know Really Well, Besides The Inside Of Their Eyelids

Ah yes, multiple night shifts, in a row. Splendid.

College. The true test of how well you're able to balance sleep, school, and a social life all at once. Each student knows this struggle all too well, but nursing students are forced to take this juggling act to the extreme. Between early morning clinicals, studying, homework, PrepUs, and care plans there is barely any time left to have a social life, or let alone sleep. To prove the struggle, here are 13 things that all nursing majors know too well.

1. How all the professors acted during your first week of nursing school

2. When your clinical instructor makes you arrive at 6 a.m. sharp every week and stay until 4 p.m.

3. When your professors schedule two tests in the same week along with 25 PrepU quizzes

4. When your test answer was correct but not the MOST correct

5. When you go home for break and your family members ask you how nursing school is going

6. When you somehow find time to go out but don't know how to dress in something other than scrubs

7. When your patient presses the call light for the 100th time in the last 10 minutes

8. When your clinical instructor lets you pass meds and start an IV all in the same day

9. How you feel when your patient says, "You're going to be a great nurse someday!"

10. When your friends get upset that you can never hang out with them anymore

11. When you argue with your professor on a test question and earn the whole class points back

12. How you felt after you successfully gave your first shot to a patient

13. And when you realize that one day all of this stress and hard work will finally pay off and you will have the job of your dreams!

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I'm Focused On My Career Life, Not My Love Life And I Don't Feel Like I'm Missing Out

You don't need a significant other for your life to feel significant.


I'm an independent girl. I have always had big dreams and I will do anything to reach those dreams. I have worked 20-40 hours a week since I was 15 years old. I have a great group of friends, filled with amazing women and wonderful men. I'm active in my social life and I'm always down for the newest adventure. I would say that my life is very rounded out. However, sometimes when I'm surrounded by my peers, I see that most of them are in some form of relationship. This, however, is an aspect of my life that is currently open for applicants.

Being almost 20 years old, I have friends in all different walks of the dating game. Some are in new and exciting relationships while others are getting prepared for marriage. Hearing the talks of future plans, significant others are a major part of my friends' futures. Not saying that I don't want to date, because I do, but I simply don't have time for it right now.

I would rather be looking for internships than swiping through Tinder. I would rather be building my portfolio than breaking down my walls. I would rather be adding experience to my resume than adding another guy into my life.

And, to be honest, I really hate this generation of dating. From the late night texts to the ghosting, I just hate it. I know a lot of people say this now, but I just don't want a relationship based around technology. I want something that is authentic, honest and real. I don't want to go on dates with guys from a dating app, knowing what their true intention is. I don't want to meet a random guy at a frat party (who probably isn't that good for me). I don't want to Netflix and chill.

Like my career, I want something I can learn from. I want someone I can learn from. I want someone that will help me towards my goals, rather than distracting me from them. I want someone who is as focused on their careers as I am. And frankly, I don't think this is a bad thing.

So, while some girls are planning their wedding days or their future kids' names, I am planning the details to creating my own business and how I'm going to get there. I'm proud that I know where I want to be in my career. Sure, I don't have a boyfriend or any romantic future plans, but that shouldn't make me feel less than.

If you're work driven, please be proud of that! You don't need a significant other for your life to feel significant. Get that promotion, start that business, grow your work experience. Your love life will follow and it will feel so much sweeter when it does come. Be excited for your friends and their love lives, but be excited for what's to come for you too. If you're passionate about something, it doesn't have to feel like you're missing out.


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