I’ve resolved this year to be open to opportunities. As such I have joined a university club; joined the International Leadership Experience and Development Program at the uni; signed up for a program which connects international students with domestic students at the uni; had a conversation with John Anderson, founder of Contiki Tours; signed up to a journalism feature writing competition; walked up to random strangers and started conversation; and resolved to go on student exchange in 2011.
I am not unsatisfied. Perhaps a little tired.
My decision last year to pursue journalism as a career was motivated by many factors, outlined in a multiple page pro-con list. What appeals to me most, however, is being close to the heart of the world and having a voice to share my experiences. I want to know the world. I want to know people. I want to travel. I want to learn. I want to read and write and love and critique. I want to grow.
I am fully aware of the competitive nature of the industry. For once in my life I am not intimidated. I will succeed not because I am a good writer, but because I have the motivation, the drive, to do whatever I need to in order to fulfil this goal. I know this is the place for me – or, to be more accurate, I know there is a place for me. And I will grow into it.