Why I chose journalism is a complicated story, I remember it was around the last month of summer before school was about to start. My best friend Elle had asked me if I had signed up for any electives yet. I responded by saying no, and she started yelling at me. At the time, I didn’t care and was ok with whatever they would’ve given me, but then my mom asked me the same thing Elle did about a week later. Soon after that, my dad asked me the exact same question. So I decided to just suck it up and fill out the form.
I was sitting at the kitchen table with my dad, and he asked me what I was interested in taking, whether it was journalism, yearbook, photography, or continuing with guitar class. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do because, at the time, all I cared about was my friends and if I would have a class with Elle. So instead of listening to my mom and dad, I went to Elle and asked her what her first option was, and she said Avid. I had no clue what avid was and had signed up for it anyway so we could have the class together. My dad and I continued to go through my options, and he broke down what each type would be like or how it was from his personal experience.
By the end of the night, I had about six options 1. Avid 2. Journalism 3. Photography 4. Yearbook 5. Leadership 6. Guitar, I was pretty happy with my choices and was excited to see which one I would get.
When I got my schedule for the year and saw Journalism as my fifth period, I was disappointed but willing to see what it was like.
It was overwhelming on the first day, but going further into the school year, I realized there were so many unique and hilarious people in the classroom. Mr. K and Ms. Newray were such interesting people and never failed to make me laugh. They both had such amazing stories to share and such encouraging energy. Everyone in the classroom was so creative and talented in their own way. I don’t regret staying in the class, but I do regret not trying harder to engage in writing and socializing with the other students.
I think personally that if you like writing and want to express yourself, journalism is the perfect outlet for that.