With my senior fall being more than halfway over, I’m taking a moment to reflect on this past semester as well as the journey leading up to this point. Right now, I am continuing to anchor Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for WUFT’s First at Five, serve as the President of Journalism and Communications Ambassadors, and serve as one of the captains for the Florida Visual Ensemble (UF’s colorguard). As a matter of fact, I will register for my last semester at UF this Friday (yikes)!
I know spring semester will be here in an instant, so I have already started the job search while continuing to share my work and resume with potential stations! I have been able to focus on both anchoring and reporting this semester and I am looking to continue to do so in spring.
I’ve been enjoying looking back on my experiences at UF as well as my life before becoming a Gator. One of my favorite speeches is from Steve Jobs where he mentions connecting the dots and finding one’s passion. He says, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.” I know that everything I have done thus far has taken me to where I am now: my internships at both TV 20 and News 6 (where I helped cover events like the Pulse Nightclub attack), working production for WUFT, and even working for the high school newspaper and morning news.
Jobs concludes his speech by encouraging his audience of Stanford graduates to “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” For me, I believe this means I should keep striving for my goals while taking some risks along the way.