Teen journalism has helped me choose a career
June 21, 2011
By Olivia Spokoiny
The 2011-12 school year will be my third and final year with The Beat.
The past two years have been an excellent learning experience, and have sparked my interest in a journalism career. I look forward to our Sunday morning meetings at Denny’s, where we sit around a large table and bounce ideas off one another for our next issue.
It has been a pleasure working with kids my own age who have passions for writing or photography. I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by students who have the same motivation and interests as I do.
Throughout the year, I found myself wanting to be more involved in what goes into the paper. At the beginning of my sophomore year, I applied for the position of being a reporter with a student-focused newspaper that had not yet been published. I never expected to be writing grant requests and reviewing applications to keep The Beat going into its third year.
Next year, I will be a senior, and I am thrilled to be part of this team for another year. I will be an editor, along with Iman Baghai, and we are ecstatic to put our heads together and lead this team.
For the first time ever, I know what I want to do for a long-term career. I want to write. What I want to write, I am not entirely sure, but I do know that I want to write. I plan to study journalism in college, and I will see where that takes me. Without The Beat, I doubt I would have figured that out yet.