But, no, really. As soon as I realized that students wrote for UW’s newspaper, I saw my goal. It would allow me to really delve into journalism in a more real sense than high school ever offered me, and it would also allow me to do some safe self-exploration– not to mention job experience.
So, having taken quite a while to figure out how it is that students begin writing for The Daily, I discovered that the application to get into The Daily’s more-or-less training class begins and ends within the first week of every quarter. Moreover, I noticed that the “classes” for said training generally take place later in the day, so I set up my schedule for my next year’s first quarter (the quarter for which is already happening right now, in real time) to specifically have room for The Daily.
I sent my application in about 10-ish days ago.
I was notified today that I GOT IN!!
Cannot explain how excited I am. I FINALLY get to truly experience journalism. Which is scary and intimidating, yet I want to run head-on into it, full-force, full throttle. My god. So terrifying and exciting. It really will have an incredible impact. Basically, it will let me know if it’s truly what I want to do with my life. I’m pretty damn sure it is, but it’s still scary. The thought that I could be wrong is honestly kind of paralyzing.
Kelsey Hamlin is finishing up her last year at the UW. Though her time is typically spent telling others' stories, here's a chance to get a peek at hers.