Unlocking the Door

I needed my coffee and robe more than ever this morning. Yesterday I began my Intro to Journalism course at the University of Delaware taught by McKay Jenkins. Within the first ten minutes of class time I knew that I’m going to take a lot away from this class. It was going to be a different experience than any other class I’ve taken before. It was going to test my personal views on heated topics and give me a look into my country’s past. And I was ready.

The first person I met was named Julianna. After some small talk I realized we had a lot in common and similar interests. This was refreshing considering I often feel like such an outsider in my other Nutrition focused classes. There are only 9 people in my journalism course and I feel like I can talk to any one of them with ease. Everyone seems approachable and just as eager to take this course as I am.

Professor Jenkins was passionate as he spoke to us and was incredibly knowledgeable about every topic that was brought into the spotlight. You can tell that he really wants us (not only as students but as citizens) to be aware of what’s in the news and how crucial it is to sort out biased information from cold hard facts. In a world where we are surround by an infinite amount of information, it’s hard to know what to believe and which sources of information are even credible. It really got me thinking and it was then that I knew I would learn a lot from this course.

One thing that really sets this class apart from my others is the fact that we get to go on a FIELD TRIP. How freaking awesome is that? On Thursday we are loading onto a bus and heading to Washington, D.C. to visit the Newseum. I haven’t been to Washington, D.C. since 7th grade waaaaay back in the day, but I remember loving every minute of it. I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos and post a few of them on here to share with my readers. I just wish I had had more time to plan out what outfit to wear that day…

I’m positive that this class will give me a run for my money. Last night the readings took me 4 hours to complete (why I needed my coffee so dearly this morning), which goes to show how complex the material is. Or how slow of a reader I am. Let’s go with the first one.

Overall I’m curious to see where Into to Journalism goes. I’m so very hopeful that the choice to take this class has opened up a new door for me that would have been locked before now. As I take my last few sips of coffee this morning I think to myself, this year is going to be a great one. – Kristen ♥

Write what should not be forgotten.” – Isabel Allende

 

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