“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
These wise words by Confucious have been playing through my mind ever since I graduated high school and the most commonly asked question became, “What would you like to do with your life?”
Hearing this question, I always responded, “I want to do what makes me happy, I want to be adventurous and I want to make a difference in this world”. Yet, I always knew that this was not the answer my relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends were wishing for.
The truth was, I did not know the answer to their implied question. I had many passions and interests, but did not know how to mesh them into a single career that I would love.
After the backpack journalism program however, I can now confidently reply that I would like to be happy, adventurous, and make a difference throughout my career as a journalist.
Working hands-on to create a documentary film, I have come to the conclusion that journalism is what I love to do.
I love the adventure that awaits in every story, interview, or location. I relish in hearing fascinating stories, and I am motivated by learning about social justice issues. The spontaneity of the development process keeps me on my toes and I am energized by the complex writing and editing required.
Most of all, I love that through journalism, I am able to tell a story that needs to be told to the people that most need to hear. With a career in journalism, I see that there is a real possibility of making a difference in the world and I hope that this possibility begins now, with our Bethel documentary.