How I Became a Journalism Major

I’m going to start this blog post off with an anecdote, like any other blogger with a brain would.

When I was in high school, I thought about studying journalism and decided, “This is what I wanted to do!!” I enrolled in an Intro to Journalism class in high school and was stoked. Then the class came. I hated it. I hated it with such a passion that I decided I was never, ever going to study it. Ever. I hated interviewing people, I hated having to think of article ideas, and I hated that my writing was always sub par. This class made me decide I couldn’t study journalism in college because I would literally die from it.

(Even though I hated the class, I did learn a lot from it. I’ve aced my past few ‘Writing for __’ classes because I learned the basics in high school so I already knew what to do)

I was stuck, and completely lost. What was I going to study in college if I hated journalism? What would I do with my life if I couldn’t bear the thought of writing another news article? That was how I turned to Fashion Communication when I came to Lasell (which, now that I think of it, is so weird that I actually went to school for it originally). If you want to hear about that journey, you can click here for that blog post.

When I decided I HAD to get out of fashion, I was lost. I wanted to study Multimedia and Web Design, but that concentration was taken away. The only real option for me to take was Journalism and Media Writing. I told myself no. No way was I going to resort to that major when I absolutely hated the class in high school. I thought about studying Law, or even transferring to find a major that suited me. Eventually I decided that with the classes offered, it made sense to switch to a Journalism major. While that would be my major, it was the classes that counted the most.

Unsurprisingly, I ended up loving journalism. I loved coming to class to just write. Being in college made me learn that there were differences with journalism. There was the kind of newspaper writing that I mostly did in high school, and then there was everything else. Journalism wasn’t just about publishing an article in the morning paper. Now journalism was about social media, working for blogs and magazines, and writing press releases. College showed me there’s more to journalism than just “What’s the story?”

I love my classes. I love going in and discussing what’s happened in the news. I love getting to choose what I write about. I love the media aspects of journalism. I absolutely LOVE editing. Being in journalism is something I never thought of realistically, but now I can see myself doing it. It’s amazing how much you can change once you get to college. When I tell others that I’m majoring in journalism, their usual response is “That fits you so well!”

Because it does. Because even though I love creative writing a little more than news writing, studying journalism just fits. Fashion doesn’t. English doesn’t. This is my major.

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If you’re ever wondering if your major is right for you, here’s a fun fact: 50-75 percent of college students change their majors at least once. It’s normal. You need to decide what you’ll love the most. Give it a lot of thought. You may have hated something in high school, but that isn’t always the case in the future. So go for it.



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