íHola mis amigos!
Today I want to express my appreciation for the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University’s center for budding journalists.
It may have saved my life.
You see, when I came to college in August 2008, I was not a writer. I was not a reporter, and I was not a journalist by any stretch of the imagination.
After four semesters of science, math and more boring lectures and labs than anybody should ever be subjected to (IMO of course, if that’s your thing, I sincerely admire you), I knew I needed a change. After all, the path to becoming a neurosurgeon is not a quick one; I was looking at at least eight years of my life invested in becoming this highly specialized sculptor of the cerebrum.
So what was I to do? I wasn’t doing poorly in my classes, so it would be hard to explain to my parents and friends why I needed out. This was my lifelong goal, and suddenly I looked to the future and didn’t like what I saw.
What I did like, however, was writing. I always have, and the fact that I never thought to explore a career perfecting the craft, in hindsight, is mind-boggling.
Even better, I am a very social person. I love talking to people and feel comfortable chatting up a wide variety of subject matter. You like sports? Music? Dogs? Cars? I’ll talk to you about any of it.
So here we have a 17-year-old social being with a passion for writing trapped in the bleak world of hard science. Where do I go from here?
Looking at it this way, it’s pretty obvious–journalism!
Why I didn’t think of this sooner, as I said before, is mind-boggling. I don’t know why I (or any of my friends/family for that matter) couldn’t see this path, but I am glad WVU was happy to accommodate my 180 degree change of plans.
Immediately, I felt better, rejuvenated. My academic adviser was more personal (we talked about the Steelers for the first 15 minutes or so before even mentioning why I was there), my classes were more engaging, and the opportunities around me were plentifully abundant.
Which is where I want to make my point: if you’re unhappy with your current major, consider a change. This can’t be a hasty decision obviously, and the final call is ultimately yours. If you love writing, meeting people and being involved in your community and the people that inhabit it, journalism might be for you.
It certainly was for me, and I couldn’t be happier.
If you’ve ever changed your major, for better or for worse, I want to hear from you. Why did you change? What were you unhappy with in your previous major, and did the new major fix this/these problem(s)?
Leave a comment below, and I’ll be happy to chat about it!