I’ve always been a big reader. Reading was something that was very important to me as a child and when I grew up I lost touch of it due to spending more time with friends and even using social media assisted in me losing sight of what I actually really enjoyed. Until recently, I visited many fashion blogs and read so much content that I loved and I knew that fashion journalism was something that I wanted to pursue.
Since I was distracted by technology while growing up, I didn’t realise that I’d be using it that much in a journalism course and I’m quite happy that it is being used because journalism is spread across many different media platforms and it is something that I am very used to. It isn’t as daunting as it would’ve been many years ago. However, I’m not sure about how I feel about my writing style yet, hopefully it improves during the coming months and through the assignments that I complete.
From what I’ve learnt so far I definitely need to build up my people skills and I need to get out of my comfort zone a little bit more. I’m a very shy person but once I’m out of my safe zone I think I’ll have the confidence to ask people pressing questions and tell good stories. I always have a little bit of doubt in the back of my mind and wonder, “what if I’m annoying someone?” or “what if this isn’t good enough?” and I need to stop doing that. Which ties into the fears that I have of becoming a journalist – I don’t want people to hate me. I like people, I think that there are so many interesting beings out there and I’d hate for anyone to dislike me because I’m asking questions. I also am a little scared of being harmed and getting stuck in an uncomfortable situation but I’ll cross those bridges when I get to them.
When it comes to setting goals, I know I’ve got many and I often set too much that I end up never achieving and getting disappointed in myself for not doing so. But for the sake of my PJS, I will set some goals which are the following:
- Put in as much effort as I possibly can and always ask myself “is this really the best I can do?” and then do better.
- Read more about the world and try to stay up to date with the latest news events and the fashion world.
- Improve my writing style and photography skills.
- Get out of my comfort zone a little bit more and be more confident in my work.
The last question I have to ask myself is:
Trying to think realistically, where do you see yourself working in five years time? That is, two and a half years after graduating? And how did you get there?
At this present moment, in five years I will be out of university for six months only (my degree is four and a half years long). I’ll hopefully have a job at a fashion magazine that I’ve done an internship at or I’ll be running my own blog that I plan on creating in the coming years, once I’ve figured out who I am a little bit more I think it’ll be easier to create content that is true to myself and something that will appeal to my audience. I’ll have gotten there through hard work at uni, my whole life savings being spent on coffees to get me through the long days, countless days of no sleep and, struggling to find ways to and from campus.
It will all be worth it in the end.