Sorry I haven’t posted for a long time. In a way, I think that blogging break was good.
I’ve just began a journalism degree at the University of Westminster, which so far I love. This time last year when I was applying to university, I went in circles trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I knew that I wanted to work in media. There were no uncertainties about that. Not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to be in five or ten years time frightened me.
Then, a lightbulb moment. Journalism. I should study JOURNALISM! I like writing. I love learning about the media etc. Sorted.
So yes, I WILL go to university. I will apply myself and work incredibly hard and meet new people and broaden my horizons and have fun.
Initially I had my heart set on a great London (but not really in London) university that was highly rated for journalism in terms of student satisfaction, employment rates and teaching. After a few months and some unresolved accommodation issues, I was forced to enter the Clearing process. This made me panic even though I was more than pleased with my college results. On the 15th October, I rang up Uni of Westminster feeling nervous as hell and… well, here I am.
Now I know that I made the right choice choosing to study journalism. The criticisms and negative attitudes towards journalism and media degrees don’t bother me anymore. I am quite aware that taking a degree in journalism isn’t a ticket to a six figure salary. Nonetheless I am doing things to kick-start my career such as seeking relevant experience, networking and of course, blogging.
You see, there’s a smidgen of self-belief in me that says “you will be successful and you will be a bloody brilliant journalist/ media mogul/ whatever else you end up wanting to do if you persevere, stay focused and work really hard.”
I am the sort of person who likes to plan things, but 8 times out of 10 things don’t turn out the way I thought they would, so I learn to adapt and appreciate even though life sometimes doesn’t make sense.
I’ve definitely grown to appreciate being a student at the University of Westminster. I will document my journey here as I pursue a career in the world of journalism and media. Check out my university blog, Tenelle Writes.
Something tells me that an exiting future awaits.