Aariel Charbonnet – Hampton University Short Course 2007
Click on photo to enlarge or download: Aariel CharbonnetMaybe, subconsciously, I've always been a writer. Even as a young girl in New Orleans, I remember spending hours with a pencil and pad in hand. I scribbled my every thought, emotion and desire into a tiny black journal. Writing was my everything.
Over time, my passion for the written word blossomed. Each time my mother finished reading one of her novels, she would leave the book on the kitchen table for me. Reading and writing became staples in my adolescent life.
Although sports played a major role in my high school years, I never ceased to enjoy writing. Between basketball practice and studying, I found myself turning the pages of the latest best-seller or jotting my thoughts down in a notebook.
After a brief stint as a political science major at Hampton University, in Hampton, Va., I allowed my passion for writing to re-emerge, as I changed my major to print journalism. Since then, I have learned something new about journalism every day. Writing the news is a challenging and sometimes daunting task, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Reporting in Washington this summer will be an amazing internship that will prepare me for a career in journalism. I anticipate a challenging, yet rewarding, experience.