On Thursday night we attended an annual Christmas party. It's hosted by some good friends of the family and there are about four or five girls my age (we chill out together upstairs, and it's weird because we only see each other once a year yet we know each other so well). And guess who was there? Jane Spencer. Her family has been friends with mine for a long time. Jane won a Pulitzer Prize and is now the managing editor in the popular news-site the Daily Beast. My mom started talking to her about journalism because about a year ago I decided what I wanted to go to college for: photojournalism, with minor degrees in writing and acting.
Well, Jane had some amazingly terrific news.
She said that right now, the journalists most in demand are good in both regular writing journalism, photojournalism, and video-journalism.
Can you imagine my euphoria? I consider myself skilled in all three of those things! It's almost too good to be true... but it is true, and that makes me so happy. You have no idea. And now with my new camcorder I can practice my video-making.
Jane also cleared up a question I had about college. I had been wondering a) what type of college to go to and b) what kind of degree to shoot for. Now I have no doubts what I want to do.
I'm the sort of person who has altogether too many hobbies. To be told that I can combine all those (plus my love of travel!) in one job? That is a true gift.
Journalism isn't exactly the highest-paying job, nor does it require the lowest effort. But it makes me happy. And aren't people always saying you should do what makes you happy?
Okay, done with that little burst of happiness. Christmas photo time... I'm afraid I didn't get very many photos. I woke up and forgot it was Christmas until I opened Google. I know, I know. I'm terrible. I forgot Christmas. Eep.
|Christmas dinner... hello dad|
|Willa loves presents...|
|My very first attempt at a lattice pie (before and after baking)|
Our family also got a TV and Blu-Ray player. Now we can watch old X-Files on Netflix on some screen other than my mom's laptop. (Weird family obsession, don't ask.)
PS... we're supposed to get a mega-blizzard tonight, so it's very likely I won't have power tomorrow. I've temporarily turned off comment moderation; I trust you all to be respectful and polite. Thanks. :)
ALSO: Don't forget to enter the art contest! Only 5 days left, and if you're not one of the 28 (just 28?!) who has entered you'll want to hurry up.