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.