On Sept. 3, I will fly to The Netherlands to begin the third year of my life as a journalist. In a program called Europe in the World, I will be studying and reporting on the increasingly global role of European politics.
It is an exchange program with the journalism department of the University of Tennessee, where I am a junior majoring in journalism.
After the fall semester in The Netherlands, I will spend the spring semester and the last half of the same program in Denmark. This international program is exciting for me because it’s completely in line with what I want to do for the next few decades of my life. I am pursuing a career as a foreign correspondent. I want to report on events that affect the international community.
I’ve lived in Knoxville, Tenn., with my mother, father and sister for most of my life, and now I want to be elsewhere, where the events that are shaping our globe into a village are happening.
I love journalism because I love possibilities. The possibilities are endless. Yes, I want to write stories and take pictures, but I can do that anywhere in the world and for a variety of newspapers, magazines or news wires. There are also the possibilities of doing radio broadcasts or being a cameraperson. Wherever my career in journalism takes me doesn’t really matter as long as I am reporting international news from where it occurs, from in the thick of things.
In the thick of things at the University of Tennessee I report the news at The Daily Beacon, the school’s student-run newspaper, where I write for the government, academics, entertainment and student life beats. I also write a weekly column featuring news analysis and social critique. This summer, while interning as a reporter for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire and next year in Europe as well, I will continue to send the column to The Daily Beacon. When I return from Denmark for my senior year, I plan to apply for an editorial position at the paper.
I have also written for a community weekly in Farragut, Tenn., a town near Knoxville. There, at The Farragut Press, I covered Farragut City Council as well as Board of Mayor and Alderman meetings, and I wrote feature articles and worked as a photographer.
I have written freelance articles as well.
I am 20 years old and hope to be covering international events by the time I am 30.
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