Leaving dinner this afternoon, I was asked, “when did you know you wanted to be a broadcast journalist?” As I walked back to my dorm, the question was heavy on my mind. I thought about it for a good 15 minutes. I reflected on the career paths I wanted to go down as a little girl, and realized they all led to broadcast journalism.
At the age of 7, I believed law school was in my future. I dreamed of attending Harvard University, graduating valedictorian of my 2018 class, and becoming the hot shot lawyer. I had a love for researching, debating, and public speaking. But I quickly realized that over eight years of schooling and extremely difficult exams were not for me.
I then aspired to be a forensic investigator. Inspired by the TV shows Criminal Minds, Forensic Files, and yes, Nancy Grace. Following a trial and getting to the root of a crime became a passion of mine. But that dream faded.
When I turned 15, I was sure modeling was my destiny. Tyra Banks was my role model. I was always (and still to this day) asked, “Are you a model?” I fell in love with being in front of a camera and knowing that being a super model includes traveling to fabulous locations. But, my busy schedule wouldn’t allow it.
As I reminisced, I connected the dots. My passion for researching, public speaking, being in front of a camera, following and getting to the root of a story are all aspect of being a broadcast journalist and reporter.
As I attend the Mayborn Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop and learned more about the life of a broadcast journalist, I realize it is my passion and I can’t imagine pursuing any other career!