What I’ve Learned from Being a Journalism Major

I’ve learned a lot from being a journalism and mass communications major, from how to use Photoshop to how to write in correct AP style. It’s amazing to see how I’ve changed and how I’ve gone from someone who just likes to write, to someone who wants to capture memories and document history. I didn’t know a thing about photography when I started, nor was I even interested in it, but now I carry my camera around with me everywhere because I love taking photos.

Along with practical skills, I’ve also learned a lot of valuable life lessons from my major, and I wanted to share:

  1. The only way to experience the world is to actually go out there and interact. I learned this especially with my photojournalism classes because if I was too embarrassed, I wouldn’t have the guts to go and take the shot. But if you never take the shot, you never get the photo.
  2. Everyone remembers stories in their own unique ways. Two people could have experienced the same moment at the same time, but they’re going to remember it differently. I think that’s why it’s so important for every voice to be heard, and to give everyone a chance to share their stories.
  3. Your connections are just as important, if not more, as your credentials. That’s why it’s so important to maintain civil relationships with everyone you meet, and to listen to people with an open mind. You never know when you’ll see them again, and when you’ll need them. It’s also a good way to remind yourself: just be nice to people.
  4. I’m in love with being able to take someone else’s story and creating a piece of art out of it. Through words and photos, I can recreate someone’s memories and share it with the world. I think that’s such a powerful feeling.
  5. Sometimes ideas won’t come to you and the words just won’t flow. Just take a break. You’re allowed to be unproductive, and actually you need it if you want to create something great next time.

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