The final chapter of this year has started, my last semester. I remember writing the first blogpost for this blog and it was the first part of my ‘Life as a student’-series. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by.
The last posts have mainly been me freaking out over college, but as I look back it was mostly my own fault (BE MORE ORGANISED PEOPLE). I have had so much fun these last months and even though there were some rough patches, it has been the best year yet.
Journalism gets me out of my comfort zone, I get to try things I never even thought I would be doing. I couldn’t be more grateful. But it is not just Journalism that is changing me, 2017 has been all about change so far. I’m finally getting out there, talking to strangers, having fun, going out. After every big and intense social event I do need some time to be alone and get my head all cleared up, but it is all worth it.
A summary of my freshman year: producing a tabloid with my fellow students, writing for a news website, internship at Blendle, going to different cities for presentations about Journalism and of course, coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. (A lot of working through the night.. which explains the coffee)
A list of a few things freshman year taught me:
- Don’t be scared to talk to other students, even when you have never seen them or talked to them before.
- Be friendly to everyone, even if it’s as simple as smiling at someone when you walk past them. Say ‘good morning!’ or ‘good day!’ when you walk into class.
- Compliment someone when they’re doing something great or when you think they look amazing. It’s the little things that make a difference.
- Don’t be afraid to go to your mentor or someone else you trust when you something is troubling you. It’s nice to have someone who checks on you every once in a while, or at least knows what is going on in your life.
- BE ORGANISED. PLANNING IS IMPORTANT. (self explanatory)
- Create a network/connect with people. This gets slammed down my throat at least twice a week. Creating a network in your work department can make things easier, you can give each other advice, feedback etc. Having a fresh pair of eyes look at something can be of real help.
My point: the way you act towards other people can really define the rest of your (school)career. Be nice to people and they will help you out and of course vice versa.
At the end of the year I have to decide if I want to go to the writing-side of journalism (newspaper, magazine etc.) or the audiovisual-side of journalism (radio, tv, all that). For now I want to write. Not exactly sure what I want to do with it, but I’ll figure it out.
Looking back at this year I have no regrets whatsoever. You probably read a lot of whining from me about how “stressful and difficult” it was, but ignore that. It’s just the usual me, being a drama queen every now and then. It has been one hell of a ride, luckily it’s only the beginning and I have a long way ahead to figure out what I want in life and most importantly what I want in the world of Journalism.
How did you look back on your freshman year? Or what is it like for you right now? I would love to know!