December 1, 2005
Are you convinced?
Upon concluding her well-delivered presentation in class on Monday, Elyse asked us this very important question: Did We the Media persuade you to make a change? Then Dr. Jerz, realizing the value of this question, asked us a similar question about the course as a whole. Here are some of my thougts.
First and formost, I am in college to learn. I am not here to just take classes about subjects I like or that interest me. To me college is about expanding my horizons, trying new things I have never done before, and learning as much as I can from these new experiences.
I think news writing has been my first big journey on a road I'd never thought I'd travel, and I think I am better because of it. I had to plunge into something utterly unfamiliar to me, and I know that shying away from things just because they are unfamiliar is no way to go. Yes, it can be scary, yes, it can be frustrating at times, but if you stick with it to the end (and try to keep a positive attitude along the way) you will be better off. It is our experiences and our reactions to those experiences that make us who we are, and if you never force yourself to struggle through anything, you will never grow as a person. And I plan on growing as much during my life as I possibly can. EL227 was just the beginning.
Now that the struggle is coming to a close, I still strongly dislike practicing journalism,but I will, in fact miss the class. So many people, even ones who have recently revealed that they actually don't really like journalism all that much (you all had me fooled by the way), expressed an enthusiasm during class that I enjoyed immensely. And I still learned many skills that will help me improve my writing overall, and many more that will help me in ways that I would never have imagined.
So, in conclusion, I must say that I am not by any means persuaded to become a journalist in the formal sense. But, I have been persuaded to think more like a journalist and act more as a journalist in situations where it might be useful. I think of this class as a way of giving me another set of eyes with which I can se the world. A new, and certainly useful, perspective on the ways things are. And in my eyes, one can never see things from too many different view points.