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New Role. New Chapter.

For some reason, I feel like the changes in between each semester get bigger and more drastic as my time in college progresses. A week ago, I took my last final and said “goodbye” to my third semester at Houston Baptist University, and said “hello” to the biggest journalistic opportunity I’ve had since I went to WJMC. Starting next semester, I will take on my new position as editor-in-chief of The Collegian (my university’s newspaper)!

This was definitely something that came out of the blue. I can definitely say that going into this past semester, I had no idea or even intent on becoming the editor-in-chief any time soon.

While I’m definitely excited about this position, I’m also scared…to death. Now I will have to pay closer attention to the way pages are formatted and watch out for those minor, seemingly trivial errors. For example, whether or not the way I wrote “editor-in-chief” in this post is AP Style (it probably isn’t).

My first picture as a "contributing writer" for The Collegian, a year and a half ago. I was so excited just to have this notebook (it made me feel "official").

My first picture as a “contributing writer” for The Collegian, a year and a half ago. I was so excited just to have this notebook (it made me feel “official”).

As I begin to research and look at other top ranked college newspapers, I realize that there is so much one can do, but I can’t do it all. As with most big changes in life, I’ll just have to take a deep breath and take it one step at a time. I know this sounds like I’m completely terrified of this new role (and to some extent, I am) but I am also extremely grateful. Like I said earlier, this wasn’t even something that I’d dare to dream about, yet I’ve been blessed with this amazing experience of a lifetime. That said, I know some way, somehow, I will survive (oh, and it definitely helps that my fellow editors are really supportive and fun to work with!) So, buckle in cause, next year, this journey to journalism is going to get bumpy.


A Journalism Student’s Thankful List (2013)

6643935221_7fb0c5195e_nI’ve decided to start a new tradition for my blog. I know I’m a little late this year but from now on, around Thanksgiving, I’m going to take some time to reflect on the little (or big) things that have kept me going on my journey to journalism. I think it will be fun to look back and see how this list progresses over the years.

This year, all my journalism related “things to be thankful for” are all people. As you probably could deduce from my posts about taking pictures and social media, I haven’t been having so much fun with electronics and technology (not to mention, I recently lost my digital camera, but that’s a whole other story). However, I realize more and more each year just how much I need people, especially as a journalist. Sometimes we get on this “do it all by myself” mentality, but, let’s face it, we can’t keep that up for long before we burn out.

With that said, thank you, editors and mentors for taking the time to look over my work and guide me into improving. Seriously, I am so thankful that my “first draft” is not what’s published. As a “journalist-in-training” I definitely need all the editing and guidance I can get, and I know for a fact I will never stop needing that.

Also, as I mentioned, I realized just how hard it is to take photos and videos in a way that is both appealing and informative. So, I give props to photographers and videographers  for having the patience and skills to take photos and make videos whether it be for news or for entertainment. What little taste of photography I had this semester has already made me so appreciative for all you guys do.

Lastly, the others who have gone out of their way to make my stories and article writing easier by either taking the time to be interviewed or contributing in some other way. I wish there was a better way to categorize this group of people besides just saying “others.” That really doesn’t do it justice, but at the moment, I cannot think of another way put this. Anyway, an example of this “others” group is this T.V. producer for ABC news in Houston I met at church. I was talking to someone about my major and when he heard me talking about being a journalism major, he introduced himself and invited me to take a tour of the studio. I am definitely thankful for that unexpected opportunity. I haven’t been able to tour the studio yet, but I can guarantee you that when I do, there will be a blog post about it.

Anyway, I love this time of year, where, in the middle of the chaos and busyness, we are reminded to stop and be thankful for the people, event, and things that have kept us going (and sane) on our own little life journeys. What are you thankful for?