Why I Chose Journalism

It was August, 2013. After 5 years long years, I finally graduated from my private catholic high school. Out of the 10 colleges I applied to that same year, I was accepted to all of them. Partly due to my parents, I decided to stay in Rhode Island and get my Bachelor’s degree at Roger Williams University.

When the time came around to decide on the major I was going to pursue, I was faced with uncertainty and confusion. I had no idea what I was good at. I had no serious interest in anything besides history, which, admittedly, I wanted to pursue in the beginning. I decided to try out political science, figuring it could lead me somewhere.

Within a month of my freshman year at college, I switched majors. It was not because of my lack of interest in political science. I actually loved the subject and wanted to continue my studies in that field. But, something I read happened to spark a fire inside me I could not ignore.

It was September 13th when I took a drive and decided to browse Barnes and Noble for a new book. I happened to be looking around in the history section when I stumbled upon a book called ” No Place to Hide” by Glenn Greenwald. This book was written about Edward Snowden’s remarkable discovery of the NSA’s top-secret and unconstitutional spying on hundreds of millions of American’s through the Internet and telephone without any consent given from the citizenry. Finding this book and deciding on a whim to purchase it not only opened my eyes to the world we live in today, but it impacted my career path in an unforeseeable way.

I knew as soon as I finished reading the book that I would become a journalist and do everything in my power to give the truth to the public, whether it be about the government or other affairs, I knew this would be my path.

My recognition of my love for journalism was an epiphany that could not be ignored. I realized how excellent I was at writing, how much I loved reading and how I always watched the news and criticized the government for their wrongdoings. I was in awe and shocked that I couldn’t have realized my passion sooner. It was right in front of me all along, but I just couldn’t see it.

Two years later, I have accomplished more then I ever thought I could. I have had two amazing internships working with a radio station and a news magazine in Rhode Island. I have increased my knowledge and my passion for journalism through the courses I have taken. I am now applying for a 12-week summer internship in Washington, D.C. as a political journalist. I have never been more grateful to have found something that truly inspires me in a way that no other field could have done for me.

 

In the words of Terry Pratchett,

“Truthfully, without over-egging it, as I often do, the library and journalism, those things made me who I am.”
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