Well, my first-year of CreComm has come to an end. I can’t get over how fast it went by. I also can’t get over how much I learned in eight short months. Here are five things I took away from this year:
1. Progress is not linear – In first semester, I found myself growing increasingly frustrated with my progress, specifically in journalism, because I knew it was what I wanted to major in. I thought it would be “easy” (ha!) and I would immediately catch on to how to write an awesome story (ha! x2). I still feel like I’m a terrible journalist, but I do know I’ve gotten better which, at the end of the day, is all that matters. Remember: you’re improving even when you don’t see it yourself.
2. Being pushed out of your comfort zone is so necessary – I was terrified for my first streeter. The idea of attending a Remembrance Day service and approaching two people for interviews also scared me so much I hardly slept the night before. Now? I love streeters. I love talking to strangers. I love hearing stories. Nothing is as scary as it may initially seem.
3. Writing is an ongoing process – I viewed myself as a “writer” prior to starting CreComm. It was something I always loved to do (and something I always wanted to do as a career). I thought I was good at it, but it wasn’t until after I started the program that I realized I had (and still have) so much room to improve. I also learned every piece of writing requires a lot of hard work and frustration to finish. And even then, the writing process is never truly “complete.”
4. Sometimes your mental health is more important – Shut your laptop, put aside the damn assignment and go to sleep.
5. I desperately want to be a real kickass journalist, and I will do everything to make that happen.