Making My Mark on Mizzou (Yeah, that’s cliché too!)

The whole idea of creating goals for one’s college career probably seems a little cliché. It seems that way, quite frankly, because it is. Regardless, creating a concrete list of ideas and aspirations will most likely result in little to no harm on any given person; at least I don’t think so. What’s important about creating goals isn’t whether or not the idea is cliché; rather, by forcing oneself to sit down and actually put thought to paper, one is able to outline and designate the endless possibilities college offers into a more concise and individualized forum.

One of the most misunderstood things about creating goals is that they are unchangeable, when in reality they are quite flexible. Goals, much like writing, can always be enhanced or modified as time goes on and people grow and develop. Perhaps one of the coolest things about creating goals is that some goals may never be reached or become undesirable as time goes on. That’s OK. That’s what makes life interesting.

With all that in mind, I’ll dive into these uncharted waters head first with the very best of intentions.

My senior year, I applied and was accepted into nine colleges. Many of them were regarded highly academically and a few offered me hefty sums of scholarship money due to my “journalistic talent and potential.” When all was said and done, however, I chose to attend Mizzou because I wanted a challenge. It was my decision to attend a school that didn’t hand it all over to me, a school that I had to prove over and over that I had what it takes.

So I left my Chicago suburb for Columbia, Missouri where I’d give up some awesome food for a degree and the education of a lifetime (I guess it was a fair trade). When I think about my goals for my college career, the first thing that comes to mind is to graduate and find a job, you know, on a simple scale. Yet the more I think about it, the more I realize how important journalism is to society and how I owe more to the world than to just merely graduate and work. Whether I end up writing about social issues or the latest fashion trend, I believe that journalism has the power to truly change the world, one small word at a time.

Currently, I am an undecided journalism major, mainly because I want to explore all the options Mizzou has to offer. I want to take a variety of journalism classes my freshman and sophomore years so that I can find an emphasis area that I think I connect to well. I want to find an area that I’m passionate and care about.  Passion aside, I think it’s equally important to be the best at what I choose to do.

I’ve made the decision to double major in Journalism and International Business with a minor in French. I’d love to study abroad my junior year in Paris so that I could connect all these different career areas into one place.

Depending on the area I choose to major in, I think at least one internship would be a great way to get in on the action of the real world and gain experience.

I can’t possibly count the number of times people have given me a sympathetic face when I told them I was majoring in journalism. The most important thing to me, though, isn’t to make a ton of money or be in a high-demand career; I want to work at a company that enjoys having me as an employee because I absolutely love every single day I come into work. I want to be a journalist because of the rich history that follows the news and the power behind it all. Media influences people on a day to day basis and becoming a journalist gives one the power to uncover the truth, put a smile on someone’s face when they read a good review, or give someone plain information that he/she needs to become better educated.

As far as more petty goals are concerned, it’s of deep concern to me that the oxford comma is a prominent form of grammar rules forever and ever. It’s super nerdy, but grammar is everywhere and it makes me very sad when people use it incorrectly. Everyone makes mistakes, but there’s a big difference between doing well and doing good.  I also want to make sure that people realize why English is such an important skill.  Whether you’re majoring in theatre or biology, English is completely vital to accurate comprehension.

In reality though, I just want to love what I do. I want to share my love with others and impact the world. Isn’t that a very cliché way to end a cliché blog post?

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