Why Journalism Wasn’t The Right College Major For Me

Hi flowers! ๐ŸŒธ

Welcome back to my blog.

Side Note: This post was inspired by Sareena

So, thank you Sareena for the idea ๐Ÿ˜€

Double side note: This is not a post that aims to discourage anyone from choosing journalism as their college major. These are simply my thoughts written out on the internet ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday I posted a blog post talking about why sociology was the right college major for me. Read part 1 here

I figured why not talk about the reasons why journalism didn’t work for me. If anyone doesn’t know, journalism was my first choice of major before sociology. Now.. the reason I switched? I feel it’s appropriate to talk about why journalism wasn’t the right major for me through pros and cons.

Pros:

-Relationships that you form through writing

-Traveling across the world to cover news stories

-Being able to cover topics around the world that interest you

-Access to mentors

-Improving your photography and multimedia skills

AND NOW…..

The cons:

Constant questions which involve “Do you really want to be on TV?”

-Messing up a story you’ve rehearsed in your head a thousand times

-The pressure of getting a press release out before anyone else

-It’s YOUR job to be the FIRST to cover that news story

-Extremely hard to make yourself known

-Doesn’t pay all that well

OH AND DID I MENTION THE PRESSURE???

The bottom line is.. It was just too much pressure. I think journalists are super cool people for sure, but I give them a lot of credit for what they do. Imagine the pressure, and stress they must face everyday to get to their destination on time, cover a news story first, AND release the best press release? And that’s after a million re-writes, drafts, and approval from your supervisor.

It’s so much to think about. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

My reason for deciding against it? Mostly the pressure. It’s just too much for me in the end, and as I got closer to my degree I realized I wasn’t too interested.

So, that’s that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously though.. if anyone wants to become a journalist, more power to you! It’s a tough career choice, but if you’re happy then so am I! ๐Ÿ˜€

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