Whitson: Finding my Voice

I have always been a writer. Ever since elementary school, I have been enthralled by the many uses of language and the power of words. I have dedicated much of my time to developing my writing skills, so I was so excited when I heard about News and the opportunities that presented themselves through it. There was no hesitation in my decision to join, and I was very excited for that class to start. 

Before I continue this story, I would like to give an enormous thank you to Mrs. Basinger. She has taught me so much this year and steered me in the right direction multiple times. She would be supportive and kind, and she has been a driving force behind the content I had created. 

When the year first began, I excitedly jumped headfirst into every news opportunity I could. I took pictures at football games, where I witnessed the inspiration for my first story, which was about sports injuries. I wrote every opportunity I could, even about the boring and the drab. I learned so much, both about my peers and myself. I have come on such an amazing journey, and there is so much I have learned through this class. 

I think one of the greatest lessons I have learned in news was to find my voice. I finally had a platform where I could write in my own style. I was able to express discontent with my peers, as well as inform them on key issues. I am thankful to have found both my singing voice and my journalistic one, and I LOVE being able to use both. 

There is a song called “Corner of the Sky” from the musical Pippin, and this song perfectly encapsulates all of the emotions running through me at this time. A specific stanza of the piece that resonates with me states:

So many men seem destined to settle for something small, 

But I won’t rest until I know I’ll have it all.

So don’t ask where I’m going,

Just listen when I’m gone. 

And far away, you’ll hear me singing,

Softly to the dawn. 

The poem honestly speaks for itself. As I am about to venture out into the world, I am fully prepared to work hard to achieve my dreams. I do not want to settle for anything, and I want to work for my dreams. Whether it is literal singing or, potentially journalistic writing, I want to be heard in the future. I am going to college very far away, but you’ll hear me. I promise.