My journey with journalism has been ongoing for the last eight years.
It all started during my freshmen year of high school. I was looking online at the extensive list of electives I could sign up for, scanning the screen to find just the perfect one. “Journalism” stood out to me. I did not necessarily know what that meant but I knew it had to do with writing and I loved to write.
I joined the class and on the first day of school, my teacher went over everything to know about journalism which included brainstorming article topics, reaching out for interviews, taking professional photos and so much more.
At first, it was difficult. I was so used to writing from personal experience, that I struggled to discover relevant topics for high schoolers. Yet, over time I was able to get the hang of things.
My love for journalism grew and grew as I made my way through the ranks of my high school class. By my senior year, I knew I wanted to continue this journey into college and eventually into my career.
I was visiting Vanguard University as a prospective student for academic registration and they had a fair set up for us to learn more about the departments.
Immediately, I searched for anyone who knew anything about our journalism minor and the school newspaper. I talked to two English professors who told me I would be a great member of the newspaper which instantly sparked my excitement to start school.
Professor White, Assistant Professor of English, took on the VU Voice, our student newspaper, during my time at Vanguard. After being abandoned and almost lost, Professor White has kept the newspaper alive. She has given me and my fellow students the opportunity to build our journalistic skills and creatively express ourselves through writing.
Professor White has also given me the opportunity to be the Editor-in-Chief for the 2022-2023 academic school year. She has encouraged, challenged, and supported me throughout my last four semesters in the newspaper.
I am forever grateful for my time spent as a writer, photographer, and editor for this paper. I highly encourage anyone looking for some sort of creative outlet or wanting to better their writing skills to join this class. It is incredibly rewarding and I will always miss it.