Sometimes, in the midst of pursuing a dream, you lose sight of why you dreamt it in the first place, until something reminds you. For me, that ‘something’ came in the form of a StrenghtsQuest test.
About a month ago, I had to take an online StrengthQuest test for my school. At the time, I just wanted to get it out of the way. Little did I know that taking that test would lead me back to journalism (as everything seems to do in my life, haha).
At the end of the Clifton StrengthsFinder test, you are given your “top five talent themes” along with a list that explains what those “themes” mean. My top five were: Restorative, Individualization, Belief, Analytical and Responsibility, but the one that stuck out was “individualization.”
The description says:
“Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person… You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life…”
There are numerous reasons why I want to be a journalist. Writing. Meeting people. The adrenaline from deadlines. Traveling. But when it all comes down to it, I chose journalism because I thrive off of hearing other people’s stories and thinking of the best way I can share them. To me, journalism is really all about the story. The story is what makes the connection; it’s what make an article or newspaper more than just columns of words.
Even breaking news revolves around a story. Yes, initially when a terrible natural disaster strikes or a tragedy hits, the news media focuses on keeping everyone updated on the facts in the midst of the chaos. However, it is in these crises that stories are made as the random stranger becomes a hero and that timid guy in the office rises up to lead everyone to safety. This is why I love journalism. Each and everyone of us has an untold story with the potential to expose a stronger and unique side of us. Think of all the stories that are yet to be made and discovered.