Holly Shields Prospective Journalist

I grew up in North Carolina where my love of journal writing began.

When you think of words to associate with a typical seven-year-old, what comes to your mind? Most would immediately bring up things such as princesses, toys, or Power Rangers. However, the words I associate with this time in my life are books, paper, and new ink pens. I was not the typical child, I was a writer and everyone around me knew it. This journey of writing started in a single moment for me when I got the greatest gift of all time: my first journal. My mom and I were shopping in a Deseret Bookstore where I stood wide-eyed scanning the rows of books and journals. She told me I could pick one out if I promised to write in it every single day; I asked her why and she simply told me, “One day it will be your lifeline.”

As I got older, my interests expanded beyond just writing. I realized my love for design and photography as well.

When I entered high school, I started Journalism and Yearbook courses. I worked my way up in each of these classes from a Clubs Editor, to Student Life Editor, to the Editor-In-Chief my Senior Year. I learned and practiced in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

The Thanksgiving of my senior year, my parents took my family and I on a European vacation.

During this once-in-a-lifetime trip, I realized that another deep passion of mine was travelling. I realized during this time exactly what I wanted to do with my life.

I felt as though travelling, photography, and writing were all a match made in heaven. I knew exactly what I wanted to be: a travelling field journalist who would work for National Geographic.

Currently, I have the wonderful opportunity of working as the Communications Specialist for the Mechanical Engineering Department here at Brigham Young University. My job entails me running the department website and writing articles for them as well. Essentially, I am the journalist for the Mechanical Engineering Department.

However, if my dreams of becoming a Print Magazine Journalist do not work out, my back up career path is to become a Broadcaster.

Through my life, I have realized my mom was correct, and journal writing has been my lifeline. Now I want to make it my career.
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