Towards the end of my freshman year I discovered that the major and career I had wanted for so long, wasn't actually the right career for me. For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a journalist and to be on camera telling the news, then I went to college and started getting involved in different journalism programs and realized that I would be better in the background as a producer. As the year went on I began to realize that while I enjoyed parts of the journalism field there were other parts that I could not see my self doing for the rest of my life.
I started wanting to be a journalist in middle school, so when I went into high school I took the intro to journalism class and joined the our Newspaper. My first year in I quickly picked up how to utilize and master the program Indesign and ended up competing in four different categories in our regional competition and went on to compete in the same four in the state competition. I was good at something for the first time in my life so naturally I though that is what I am supposed to do. Now I realize that it may not be the career for me but it is still a hobby and something a thoroughly enjoy.
The biggest thing that I hated was writing. It still is, in fact I only reason I started writing for the Odyssey because I thought it would be a good thing to put on a resume and one of my friends convinced me to start writing with her. But just because I am switching my major doesn't mean I am still not interested in my old one. I still love parts of journalism, especially the design and technical parts. I also still like movies and TV shows that are about journalism like 'The Newsroom' and 'The Post'.
Luckily my jobs also give me the ability to utilize some of the skills I did enjoy. My on campus job allows me to work on Adobe programs every single day and work with cameras and photography as a digital imaging assistant. My summer job I don't get to work on things as frequently but, whenever the lake needs a poster, or something creative made up, my dad immediately comes to me to design it because he knows I have the ability and skills to do so more than any other employee he has.
My new major just seems more realistic for me, it will be less stress, which is extremely important for my health, more free time so I don't become burnt out by the time I'm 30, and most important for me, less time spent around other people because I can only handle so much a day without having me time.