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A Journalism Student’s Thankful List (2014)

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 3.00.56 PMIt’s a miracle guys! We made it another year, and, more importantly, I remembered to keep up my “traditional Thanksgiving blog post.” Yes, I know this is only the second one, but still, given my memory, it’s a reason to celebrate!  Anyway, last year, my list was all about people, and no matter where I go in journalism, I will always be indebted to the people who have played a role in my “journey to journalism.” But this year’s list is going to be focused more on the things that challenged me.

Technology. The world of social media has definitely challenged this analytical brain. I’ve written quite a few posts about my experience with the media and technology (glitches and all). My rants about technology aside, I am so thankful for the way that it connects people around the world. A couple months ago, I had to make a really tough decision to transfer from my university. Knowing that I could keep in touch with my friends and mentors through social media, texting, Skyping, etc. made that transition a lot easier on me.

Houston Baptist University. My time at HBU, especially as EIC of The Collegian, has stretched me and challenged me in more ways than I could’ve imagined. From having to deal with a not-so-pleasant side of my school’s administration, to “being censored,” to deadlines, to classes, every single one of my experiences at HBU have played a vital role in developing who I have become today. The challenges from my time at HBU did not always come through obstacles and trials. In fact, some of the best challenges came from professors who cared enough about students to help them realize their full potential. Looking back, I realize that both the fun challenges and the “not-so-fun challenges” were equally valuable in their own way. I am just so thankful for my time spent there. Wherever I go, HBU will always be my launching pad – the place where it all began.

Change. Even as I’m typing this, I keep asking myself, “Really? Am I really thankful for change?” And the answer, even though it may be through gritted teeth, is a resounding YES. Change is inevitable, and boy was this year marked with change for me. In the span of a week, I transferred universities, changed majors, and moved states. I’m not going to lie. It was hard, and sometimes still is. However, today I can say I am thankful for change because it opens new doors and brings about opportunities I would’ve never come across if I stayed in the same place forever. Whether it is willingly or reluctantly, we all experience change. We can’t avoid it, but what we can do is decide how we respond to it. I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t always respond well to change; however, I do know that a change in circumstances isn’t necessarily the end. In fact, it almost always proves itself to be a new beginning in disguise.

My challenge to you today is to find at least one challenge to be thankful for. It’s easy (and necessary) to rejoice about the great moments, but let’s not overlook the role that trials and obstacles play in shaping and impacting our lives. Feel free to share below; I’d love to hear how you are thankful for your challenges!


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?