I’m not going to lie and say that I had no idea what to expect when I moved in to the University Center for my Freshman year at Columbia. I had expectations — I had huge expectations. I knew I was paying a huge amount of money to go to this school, and I expected them to deliver on every one of those expectations. That was my first lesson: don’t have too many expectations for the big things. Because it’ll probably turn out not how you were expecting at all, and be entirely different…but maybe, that’s what you need.
I wanted to write a big long mushy post highlighting some of the best parts of my college career, but in typical fashion with the rest of my life right now, I totally ran out of time. Plus, I have quite a few pages highlighting each semester already, so why should I make the final one be any different? Plus, the last five months have been so jam-packed with things (both really difficult and really wonderful), so I can’t short-change my last semester.
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Between the few college classes I’ve taken already that have had anything to do with writing, the J-Term Project, and this new blog here, I’ve come to terms with two things: (1) I hate revisions, and (2) I’m a blogger-type of writer. Which means a few things.
Being a blogger-type of writer has more to do with it than anything, but I like to write things the way that I would say them. I blame that on my writing-for-radio training and the fact that I’m a pretty casual person. Being a blogger-type of writer means that I like to write things once, and then never ever look at them again. Maybe check the stats every once in awhile, just to see if what I’m doing has any substance to “views” or whatever. Like I said, pretty casual.
All of this is probably not ideal, based on what I’ve decided to pursue for a career. Right now, I’m majoring in radio with a minor in journalism, because I hope to do things like This American Life, and the production side is what is looking appealing at the moment. But aren’t journalists supposed to like writing professionally? They stick to the facts, write pretty professionally, and sound good. I sure don’t write anything that’s false, but I don’t write professionally in any way/shape/form, and I don’t think that what I write sounds good. So what the heck am I doing with this journalism thing?
Hopefully, once I actually start doing Journalism-y-type-things that will start to appear more apparent, but who knows. Maybe I’m doomed forever to the radio/blog-writer style forever.