As some of you may have heard, I recently changed my major from Business Management to Journalism. Now, I already have an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Schenectady County Community College (near Albany), two quarters of schooling at RIT towards a Bachelor’s degree in Management, and a co-op in Marketing, but I have realized something after all of this: the courses I have enjoyed most have been writing courses.

It was actually one of my childhood dreams to become a writer of some sort; I filled many journals and notebooks with stories, observations, and experiences (which reminds me that I need to go back and read some of those). Also, I have had some really great teachers to help me along the way, through home schooling, at SCCC, and at RIT.

First would be my Dad, who helped me with my writing skills throughout my home schooling and even after I began college. I would not have gotten nearly as good of a writing score on my GED had my Dad not encouraged me to write several essays (which he would then critique) every day in preparation for it.

Another great teacher I had was Susannah (Risley?); I took a creative writing course from her with some other home schoolers and she really pushed me to write on a regular basis, get inspiration from different places, and broaden the topics that I wrote about.

During my time at SCCC, I took all of my English courses (College Composition, Introduction to Literature, and Creative Writing) from Aaron Zeidman. I knew he was a good teacher for me when I turned in my first assignment for creative writing and he handed it back saying, “if this came from any other student, I would give it and A, but since I know your writing already… I gave you a B.” Basically, he actually cared about my writing and wanted to make sure I was writing at my full potential, not just the potential of a student at SCCC (which, unfortunately, was mostly kids who didn’t care). He also introduced me to reading, writing, and interpreting poetry, which I never knew I could do or enjoy.

I also enjoyed my Professional Communications for Business course at RIT from Susan Widrick, because I now have drafts of many professional documents I already have or will need to use in the near future. Also, writing expectations are a little bit higher at RIT than they were at SCCC, so that got me into slightly better shape.

I know I still have a lot of learning and even brushing up left to do, but I am very excited about this change. It should take me two years to finish my journalism degree at RIT, where I’ll be taking basic journalism and newswriting courses, as well as courses that focus on other media platforms, such as Ejournalism, Photography (for non-photography majors), Film Language, History & Aesthetics of the Moving Image: Documentary, and other exciting courses!

So, this is a short explanation of why I made the switch to journalism. My next post will be about why I started blogging and what I am going to be writing about in my new blog!

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2 Responses to From Journals to Journalism

  1. Breanna says:

    Yay, Jesse has a blog, too!

    This post resonated with me a bit. I’ve been struggling at Vanderbilt for the past couple of years, trying to make my major of Civil Engineering work for me…but I just couldn’t. The creative stuff interested me, but anything beyond that was just too killer and boring and I couldn’t get past it. So now I’m working towards a degree in marketing–because again, the creative draws me in, but this time it utilizes my natural skills and my way of thinking. I’m lucky enough that my office recently handed over the coordination of all our marketing materials to me since they know that’s the sort of thing I’d like to eventually do…awesome!

    Anyway, cheers to figuring out what you want to do in life and what makes you happy…other than dancing, of course :)

  2. Marel says:

    If your articles are always this hpelufl, “I’ll be back.”

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