Friday, 21 September 2012

University Applications

At college we are going through the process of UCAS which entails the job of applying to universities. I know I want to do journalism but I'm not entirely sure which university is the one for me. Feeling confused and worried, I took to google to find some inspirational quotes, (clearly, I have nothing better to do) (I do) to help me make some important decisions!

'Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.'

'The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.'

- Steve Jobs

Friday, 6 July 2012

Do What Makes You Happy

While the main goal for me in life is, ostensibly, to be happy, I began to realise that I’m quick to tell people to follow their dreams whilst very rarely following my own advice. I’ve basically planned my life right down to the tiny detail of what colour I’m going to paint the front door of my house (it’ll be yellow) and I’ve started to realise my dream of becoming a writer may very well be, just a dream. I enjoy writing but in this world many people struggle to get a career doing what they love as well as earning money that will allow them to ‘get by’. Young people are susceptible to influence, particularly from parents and teachers and if I’m ever lucky enough to have a family of my own, I’m going to make sure that my children grow up doing what they love, and I hope that whatever they do end up doing in life, that they do it for themselves and not for anyone else. If I’m happy to tell other people to do what they enjoy, then why am I not telling myself the same thing? I know exactly where I want to be in 10 years time but I know it'll take a lot of work to get there. 

Sunday, 1 July 2012

First Blog

It isn't the beginning of a new year. Nor is it a day that calls for reflection around the world. I'm not writing because it's a special occasion of any sort. 

It has taken me an extremely long time to start blogging. I love to voice my opinion but there aren't many people who are willing to listen to me ramble on about things they find uninteresting but things that I find so completely enthralling. So, I decided to create a blog which will allow me to talk through writing. It's taken me so long to start blogging because I always seem to get sidetracked - whether it be by the monumental amount of college work I have to do now that I'm going into second year, or by my family and friends. Or by the Scrubs box set in my bedroom that always seems to trick me into wasting my evenings by watching, continually, episode after episode of the priceless, side-splitting humour that every single episode contains. 

The world of social media has literally taken over, and as less and less people are hesitant to join the world of computers, laptops, iPads and smartphones - the likes of Facebook and Twitter are becoming increasingly popular. I am an aspiring journalist and after a lot of research it has become clear to me that digital media will soon become 'the norm'. It is predicted that soon newspapers will no longer be as popular amongst the public, with some people even predicting based on newspaper circulation over the years, that newspapers will become extinct in the foreseeable future, and that the digital aspect of news reporting will take over. Nonetheless I've taken a shine to online blogging to gain experience in writing online in the hope that one day I'll go on to do successful things with a journalism-based career. 

I've always had a love for reading and writing and ever since I bought my own camera I've enjoyed photography. I know that I've always had a real desire to do things, to see things and to learn. So I've created this blog not only for other people to read if they so wish, but for myself, so I am able to keep a diary-like record of all my thoughts, feelings and opinions.