Journalist Essay - here it is...Describe a meaningful event, experience or accomplishment in your life and how it will affect your college experience or your contribution to the UF campus community.
Falling asleep as a middling writer, high school essayist and just an adolescent opinion to waking up a recognized and most of all accepted journalist is the crossing I experienced in high school. This maturation, which I deem the most significant event to happen in my life, has trained and prepared me for numerous situations, allowing me to communicate to the world. Starting with just one answered phone call, one idiom voiced through the telephone by the editor-in-chief of Teentime, I was malformed into a shade of perfection, into something improved for the benefit of the youth. I was officially accepted into Teentime, a program designed for students like myself who valued all forms of culture, might that be the arts, entertainment or current events.
In Teentime I chose to primarily write film reviews, music reviews and live reviews. Starting the second you enter high school and ending the moment you leave, I managed to contribute until its demise with a discontinuation due to a fusion of papers alike. It was not just an activity I did once in a while, it was a full commitment. There were meetings I attended, press screenings so I could view the films in advance to analyze them, and workshops to sculpt my writing. This program lead me to interviewing actors such as Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dijimon Honsou, Billy Bob Thornton, Emma Roberts and directors, Edward Zwick and the Polish brothers. I wrote article after article until my writing advanced to the point I won two awards at the 2007 Sun-Sentinel High School Journalism Awards. I received First place as film reviewer of the year, second place for film/music reviewer of the year and honorable mention as an entertainment writer for Teenlink, another publication I write for, sent to every Broward county school. Approximately 75,000 students read it. My name was printed over 600,000 times each week, Kyle Cowan was viewed over a million times online, and my work was wired all across the country. The combination of all of that and my online blog being viewed by thousands is what made me who I am today, a journalist explaining how if I can gain the attention of South Florida, I can tackle the population of the University of Florida. I already have experience reaching out to high school students, as I move on I want to go with my graduating class and still be able to deliver the same experience.
My growth into a journalist contributes to the community of the University of Florida by capturing the thought of every student. My language is stimulating; every word of every sentence is like a beat that runs through you, causing you to take comfort in my rhythmic communication. There is no greater feeling than when friends of mine in need promptly choose my outlook and base their views and decisions on what I have to contribute towards a topic. If people find themselves lost in conversation, all they have to do is look to me, and they will feel comfort with the advice I give them.
Becoming a journalist at such a young age made all my friends and family happy. My friends see if I like a movie before they see it, and my grandmother looked forward every Friday morning to see if my name was in the newspaper. A main reason why this will contribute to the University of Florida campus is shown in the acceptance process. By accepting students on many factors, unlike Florida State University, which claims to be solid academia, UF looks at everything, taking time to consider who I am. I am rich in character, and full of flavor, similar to a cup of. I compare myself to coffee because people feel different after drinking a cup. It gives you energy; it is stimulus to continue the day. I enlighten people all the time, giving them new and interesting conversation starters; some things are just better with coffee just how I have this hunch that the University of Florida will be better with me. People trust me with my words and with their trust I would love to write for the Independent Florida Alligator and hopefully watch the whole cycle start over again. People will begin to know my name, and in the great scheme of things, the one reporter they know they can trust is I, and that is a great feeling to know already so soon. I am not just a member of the press, but also a correspondent to the people. A great sense of satisfaction goes into saying those few words. Towards the end of this year I hope to be wearing orange and royal blue and have the fulfillment of knowing that not only do dreams come true, but if I could choose any animal to be dressed in, put on my license plate, or on a banner hanging in my bedroom, it would definitely be a gator. Like Stevie Wonder said, "Signed, sealed, delivered, I'm yours."