I have always written...
From grocery lists to poetry, reviews, short stories and to-do lists, grabbing a pen and a piece of paper is normal to me. But writing a newspaper article, though not so different, was definitely something new. Looking back at my first article for The Scribe, I wish I would have pushed myself more. The writing was easy, sort of, but interviewing and finding people nice enough to give you a few minutes of their life to make a story juicy was the hard part.
At some point, after having the rough draft done and seeing that the people I wanted to interview were not interested, I thought, "I can't do this, I'm shy, and no one really likes to be interviewed." But my passion and support for the story I was writing made me want to continue. I pushed myself to contact more people whether they knew me or not and finally got the quotes I wanted.
I've learned that being a writer for a school's newspaper not only strenghten your abilities to be a better writer, but it opens doors. I got to communicate with the Director of communications for the company of the story I was writing about all the way in the Netherlands!
After some reflection, I've decided to stay. Not only because this is what I want to do as my career, but because I need to be more out there, need to be pushed more to do things I usually wouldn't do and by being a journalist, I finally have an excuse.