Why I Chose To Major In Journalism

So for my last back to school post, I was going to talk about school supplies and what you need, and other fun stuff like that. When I was writing it, I wasn’t really liking the way it was sounding and so I tried to think of something else that could be useful to those of you who are reading this. 

Too Scared To Make A Decision

When I was deciding on a major, I had an idea of what I wanted to do but I didn’t know exactly where I was supposed to fit. There were so many options and there was no one who could tell me exactly what I should do. I used to go on Youtube and watch peoples videos on why they chose their major, endlessly hoping that I could relate to one of them. How did someone know what they were meant to do? And was I the only one having a hard time figuring it out?  Finally after all my research and overthinking EVERYTHING, I decided I was going to major in journalism and new media with a minor in marketing.

I was kind of worried that when I decided on a major, whatever it may be, that I would be behind since the last two years of college consisted of me taking random classes trying to “figure it out”. I guess my major was meant for me because when I spoke to my academic advisor she told me all the classes I had taken pretty much covered what I needed. All I need to do now is take actual Journalism classes and finish two marketing classes for my minor.  

My Future Plans

So when it comes to a career, I don’t know exactly what is it I want to do yet. All I know is, I want to always be writing. Writing is the one thing that has always made me, I guess feel like me. I write everyday. Whether it be notes, a blog post, in a journal, a to do list, on social media, etc, writing is something that brings me complete joy. So why not turn it into a career? I chose journalism because its such a broad field and I can really go anywhere with it. Along with writing, I really enjoy being creative and coming up with new ideas. I love design, editing, photography. This is a reason I decided to minor in marketing. It will give me the opportunity to learn about the business side to the things I love. 

The list of careers I’ve looked into is endless. There are so many things I feel like I could get so into. A social media manager, magazine editor, working in television, these are all things that just make me super happy when I think about it. 

My Overall Thoughts 

For the longest time I had no idea what it was that I wanted to do. I chose my college because I thought I was going to be a teacher but I soon realized it wasn’t for me. I think when you know, you know. It sounds silly, but for me, choosing a major was the hardest thing. I sat up so many nights taking quizzes on what I should major in, and researching job descriptions. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do anything it was just that I didn’t know where I belonged. Now I realize picking Journalism was the best decision I could make. I’m going to do something I love, and I am so excited to see where my career goes.

If you are having trouble figuring out exactly what you want to do, my advice is to not stress about it. You’ll figure it out. I see so many people my age putting a timeline on their life. I think that when we do that, we are rushing into things and not having a chance to reflect on our choices. College is a time to grown and learn more about yourself. What you thought you wanted to be may not actually be what you want to be. Its okay to change your mind. 

What are you guys majoring in? Any other journalism majors out there? Let me know! This was more of a personal type post, but I always think its interesting to hear peoples back stories on how they chose their major. 

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6 Comments

  1. September 4, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    Honestly, I considered a career in sports journalism for a while! Just explore your options and figure out what is best with you!

    • September 4, 2018 / 11:15 pm

      Yes! I totally agree! Theres nothing wrong with taking time to figure it out

  2. September 11, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    When I was in high school I really wanted to major in journalism but ended up taking a business degree. Though I’m planning to take it next year 💞

    • September 11, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      Was there a specific job you wanted when it came to getting your business degree? And good luck next year!!! Its amazing that you’ll be able to have both degrees

  3. November 3, 2018 / 12:18 am

    I entered college strongly believing that I was going to be a lawyer. It didn’t help that my family pressured me to go into Law. But I had to sit down and consider what would make me feel happy and successful. I thought about things I enjoyed and I knew that I enjoyed teaching people new things. So now I am pursuing my degree in Middle School Education, focusing on Social Studies.

    • November 3, 2018 / 5:03 am

      Thats so great that you decided to do what you truly liked. Thanks for the comment!!

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