Here is a list of five of my favourite quotes that help me stay positive and motivated to seize the day:
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney
“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.” – Max Ehrmann
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadow will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
“I want to learn and be trained well with the weapon of knowledge. Then I will be able to fight more effectively for my cause.” – Malala Yousafzai
Picking what program I wanted to pursue in university was extremely challenging, as there is so much pressure on young people to figure out what they want to do with their lives at a very early age. I started researching post-secondary schools in grade eleven, and would spend hours writing out pros and cons lists of different programs, different institutions, and different locations across the country. University was a big step forward from high school, so I did not want to make “the wrong decision.” So how did I decide to choose journalism?
The three main hobbies I am most passionate about are running, writing, and photography. People have always told me that the best careers involve doing something you love, so this is where I started when figuring out what program I wanted to pursue. I knew becoming a professional cross-country runner was out of the question for me, but I kept in mind which schools had cross-country teams when doing my research. As for writing and photography, I found myself conflicted between the two, until I thought about them side-by-side, and the first thing that came into my head was journalism. Having the skills to both write copy and edit articles as well as photograph major events seemed like the perfect combination to go into the field of journalism. This is where I began narrowing my search.
Although it was tough to pick which university I wanted to attend, I think I made the right decision by picking a smaller school surrounded by a beautiful natural environment while still being close to an urban centre. So far I have enjoyed my classes, and I hope that I can continue to put my hobbies into practice while training to become a professional journalist.