Peter Bergen talks about the struggles in Afghanistan, and the careful attention it takes to report on it, not to mention the altogether different challenge of making people care.
Lisa Ling shares stories of the babies, the brothers and mothers she's met from around the world as I watch the last dry eye in Jesse Hall well up with tears.
My professor, Randy Reeves, makes hearts beat for a different reason during class one day as he goes over what makes a good cover letter, and gently reminds my classmates and me just how fast it will be our turn to write one.
The Mizzou Mafia returns to Columbia, to the world's first and greatest Journalism School, also home of the world's first and greatest Homecoming tradition. They give a few hours of their day to make my career and the profession of journalism better...stronger.
All of these things have happened since I blogged last. It's been a whirlwind but I've never learned so much about journalism and about myself. I actually made a flow chart today. My mother, my best friend and my academic adviser each rolled their eyes at me when they saw it. Bad sign? Maybe. :) I'm just holding out for that tug in the right direction. I know it's coming, even though the wait is excruciating.
It's easy to get lost in the stress of it all but what's important is attitude. This is quickly turning into positive self-talk session, but my point is that the opportunities are endless. It could be another semester of poli-sci, or a summer in Brussels or at Bloomberg, or my first real job (which could branch off into one of 2 options: law school after a few years of reporting or more simply reporting...forever.). To track my up-to-date decision is like asking for a migraine but it doesn't matter. For now I need to remember that what matters is having options. Learning as much as I can whenever I can so I'll be ready for anything.
The business is changing and I am changing. I'm going to be ready for it. And as always, it's still a great time to be telling stories.