the college question

Now that I’m a junior in high school, it feels like people ask me what my college plans are every single day. I’m not mad about it; I actually think it’s kind of funny. After all, it’s a great “adult speaking to teen” icebreaker because the adult knows that the teen has been thinking about it (and, thus, they will have to have some sort of answer). Today I thought that I would expand upon what my college “plans” are, as of right now.

Question #1: “Do you know where you want to go?”
My Answer: No, but I know I want to stay on the East Coast/maybe in the New England area.

And this is true. While I certainly hate the cold weather sometimes, I prefer a world in which four seasons exist (although it’s possible that that won’t last very long…). The states/districts I’m considering are: New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. I’d like to go to school in a city, and NYC is, and has been for quite a while, my top location for college. I’ll probably apply to schools in other states, too.

Question #2: “Do you know what you want to study?”
My Answer: Yeah, I’m thinking of majoring in journalism.

And this is also true! I plan on majoring in journalism because I would love to work (write or edit) for a magazine or newspaper. One of the reasons why NYC is my top location choice is because of internship opportunities. Martha Stewart Living, HGTV, Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Real Simple, TIME, The New Yorker… all of these amazing publications are located within the city. It would be a dream to work, even as an intern, at any of those! Besides the internship opportunities, I really just love to write, edit, and do research, so I feel like I’ll love journalism a lot. Working at a magazine would be a plus, too, because I’d get to write about food, travel, design, and lifestyle-related stuff I’m passionate about.

(No one has asked this, but if I were to minor in anything — which I’m not sure I will — I think it’d be a foreign language. As I mentioned in my last post, I want to be fluent in at least two languages by the time I turn 30, so college is the best place to start on this goal once I graduate high school. I also would love to study abroad. If I minored in a language, it would be so cool to live in the country in which it’s primarily spoken.)

Since I’m only a junior, I still have a pretty lengthy road to college. Nevertheless, it’s been on my mind all week, so I thought it’d be productive for me to share these thoughts on here. And who knows? I could change my mind tomorrow, or I could get to college and hate where I am or what I’m studying. But this is where my mind is right now. Whatever happens in the future happens; I’m just trying to keep an open and excited mind! I’ll try to post updates on my plans — consider this post #1 on “Josie’s Road to College!”

If you have any college advice, please feel free to share. Or if you’re in the same boat as me and are constantly interrogated about your plans, let me know, and I’ll send you my virtual support. 🙂 lol. Happy March!

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