Should I Have Skipped 4 Years Of College And Gone Straight Into A Creative Career?

Should I Have Skipped 4 Years Of College And Gone Straight Into A Creative Career?

Is a piece of paper and $100K in student loans worth it when your passion exists outside of STEM?

All my life, I grew up knowing I would graduate high school and move onto college immediately after. Be it the combination of my parents' wishes for me and my uncle leaving for college when I was in elementary school, college was never an option. It was what I was supposed to do, no question about it.

I am in my third year of college and am technically a senior in credits. This semester I changed my major — again. This time, I really thought I knew what I was doing. I could work my butt off and take three 18-credit semesters (and an 18-credit summer) and graduate on time in May 2019. My new advisor did not think I could do it, but I did the math and I was ready.

It is week six of the spring semester. I have less than a year and a half left of my undergraduate career left and — I am lost and confused and so, so scared for the future.

I have always been in-tune with my creative side. From constantly being engrossed in a fantasy novel as a child and writing my own short stories, to now being the EIC of Odyssey at WSU, working a YouTube channel, writing fanfiction for the internet, and writing my own music, creativity has always been a constant in my life.

When I first went off to college, I was torn between journalism and criminal justice. Journalism would allow me to write, but crim j would allow me to save lives!

Week one, I learned my "dream job" as a forensic scientist didn't actually exist outside of "CSI" and "The X FIles." I stuck with it a while but eventually switched to communication. More specifically, I became a journalism student.

Journalism was ... alright at first. I loved the introductory communication classes and being creative again. But then, I began my journalism classes and grew to hate the practice. Nothing against journalists or aspiring students — the field just is not for me.

So I changed to public relations! Which sucked! Just as much!

Week one of spring semester: I discovered DTC, which stands for digital technology and culture. To me, it is as if every English, communication, design, writing, and publication/media course had a love child and created DTC.

Where does this leave me and why does this path of what many say "typical" college kids go through?

Right now, I do not see the point in pursuing this degree or any other at a collegiate institution.

Hear me out.

College can be incredible, and for many practices, you most definitely need a degree. I do not want Jo Blo from Emmett High School performing open-heart surgery on me without a medical degree and hours in the field practicing.

But for a creator? For someone, like me, who wants to take their art form and put it into the world?

What is college doing for me other than drowning me in debt? I could very well attend a writer's workshop and get all the help I need for far less cash than attending a 16-week course costs. I could use my money to travel the world and learn from others who are professionals in my fields of interest. I could put more energy and time into my passions, rather than into mastering how to b.s. another essay — a skill I have developed rather quickly and fluently, might I add.

At the end of the day, graduating from college might be the key to figuring out my career. It very well could lead me to the path I have been searching for my whole life. I have met incredible people and gained experiences I would not trade for the world.

Still, I cannot help but think graduating from college could just leave me with a framed sheet of paper and more than $80,000 of student loans to my name, following me forever.

It is too late to explore the what if's of me not attending college, but it is something to think about before signing away your financial future for something that may not even help you secure a job in the long-run.

Here's to hoping for the best.

Cover Image Credit: Lisa Jordan

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What Where You Study Says About You, As A College Student AND A Person

Are you more of a quad studier or a hipster coffee joint kinda gal?

Coming into college, you were probably given the advice "make sure you find a good place to study early on." So what does where you study say about your personality?

1. The Library

You're either boring, traditional or you get unfocused super easily and you need dead silence to study. Do what you gotta do.

2. Starbucks

If you study at Starbucks you probably like to study in a social environment. Maybe you're in a major that has a ton of group projects or maybe you'd rather just be surrounded by your friends and sipping on a vanilla chai latte while you make note cards.

3. The Local Coffee Shop

If you study at a local coffee shop, it's because your entire lifestyle is fueled by caffeine and caffeine alone. Oh, and maybe because you like high-waters and wide-brimmed hats, you hipster.

4. The Quad

If you study on the Quad, you're probably not very easily distracted by cute dogs or cute boys. You're probably also pretty outdoorsy and you hate it to be locked up in the library with such beautiful weather.

5. Your Church Student Center

You study here for one of two reasons. 1) all of your friends from church study here and you want to talk to them while you study 2) you want to be able to easily slip off into the church to pray for your GPA when you're feeling stressed.

6. Your Room

Major kudos to people who study in their room. I don't see how you aren't distracted by your bed that isn't made, or your closet that needs to be organized, or your photo album from high school or literally anything in your room but if you can manage to study in your room without getting distracted then you keep doing you.

7. Your Sorority/Fraternity House

If you study in your sorority or fraternity house it's more than likely because you either need study hours every week and can only log them in the house, or because you're feeling homesick and studying on the couch, in your pajamas while talking to your house mom feels reminiscent of high school.

8. A Combination

If you're anything like me you've studied in all seven of these places and it really just depends on the day of the week, the class you're studying for and your mood. I can shut myself away in the library for hours and get everything done that I need to accomplish, but sometimes I would rather sunbathe on the quad, or get a shot of espresso and coffee cake at Monarch while I'm grinding away at my textbook.

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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

camera angle

Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

tag line

The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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