I went into this quarter quite literally thinking, “I know I’ve always wanted to write and become a journalist since eighth grade and all…but is that realistic? I mean, will I even make enough money off of that? Could I even get a job right out of college with a journalism degree? I mean, for the love of God, aren’t most journalists going down the drain anymore?”
To settle my worries, I then decided to put journalism aside and try a major in biochemistry–I honestly just picked that because it sounded interesting, and I knew I liked, and was good at, chemistry. This all resulted in my homework-ridden first quarter, full of only math and science. Let me just say the understatement of the year: that was a mistake.
I suppose I wouldn’t even mind a homework-ridden quarter if I actually enjoyed what I was doing, but if I am being 100% honest with myself, I detest calculus. I hate three-hour, we-discussed-this-in-class-so-nothing-new, no-explosions labs. The combination of these two fairly strong regards, the amount of work they came with, and random life obstacles made me almost hate my first quarter.
I did say “almost.” Throughout these wonderful face-palms, I came to the conclusion that there is really no sense in dismissing something of which I am so passionate. It’s rather ridiculous, really. I grew up imagining that I would happily partake in college courses where I would be writing my brains out, and here I am doing the exact opposite.
So, if anything, this first quarter has not been completely hopeless: I have managed to make some, what appear to be, life-long friends; I have unearthed what is actually important for my well-being; and I have actually made up my mind. I am going to become a journalist.
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.