Irish Coffeehouse is hosting this week’s Fun Monday.
The topic is a GREAT one: careers — then and now: what we wanted to be when we grew up and what we’d do NOW if we had our druthers.
What I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up (the childhood version)
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a number of things. The two I can best remember are teacher and news anchor.
The first I still think I’d be good at. The second? Not so much. (WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?)
I went to college to study media communications. I was still following — at least vaguely — the news anchor dream. This didn’t last long. By the spring of my freshman year, I decided to focus on production aspects, particularly producing. I still had t.v. news in mind. (WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?)
My sophomore year, while working on a story for the campus newspaper, I realized what I REALLY should be doing was studying journalism. I called the person who would end up being my adviser and told him I thought I needed to add journalism as a major. His response? “I think that would be a good idea.”
My first clue that journalism was a better fit than media communications should have been the fact that I didn’t have a CLUE why people in my media communications major (primarily older than I was) were so freaked out by a class called Writing and Reporting the News. The professor (the previously mentioned future adviser) was known to be tough, and he made people have a lot of sources for the stories we wrote. (The HORROR!) In high school, I had to have answers to 50 questions for any newspaper story I wrote. What was the problem with having to have lots of sources?
I took my journalism classes and media communications classes and graduated with a double major. At the end of my second internship at a t.v. station about 25 miles from my college, I ended up deciding that t.v. news was not for me. I knew that if I produced t.v. news I’d end up like Miles from Murphy Brown, swilling Maalox constantly. This realization came RIGHT before graduation. Good timing, no?
After college I worked for three years at a sports news network in the video tape library. That particular job was far from Maalox worthy, but it still wasn’t for me. For almost 8 years since then I’ve been working for the magazine of a professional society. The second job is a MUCH better fit. 🙂
That said, I still don’t know if journalism/publishing is what I want to be “when I grow up.” I say I’m only 33, so I have at least 20 years to decide.
This leads me to…
What I Would Like to Be When I Grow Up (the adult version)
If I could do anything “when I grow up,” I’d do something in the baby business: be a midwife, a doula, a lactation consultant. I’m not sure which of the three, exactly, but I have a lot of fun dreaming. 🙂
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