My Reason for Choosing Journalism

After reading the blog What Led You to PR or Journalism?’ it made me reflect on my life. I guess the main way to continue their blog is by me telling my own story.

Well, where to begin? I did not always want to be a journalist, as the matter of fact, back in high school that was the last thing on my mind. I guess it all started with 9/11 and the attacks of the WTC. I was 14 going on 15 when the planes hit the towers. About a week or so later, I was at the recruiting station trying to join the military.

I finally got into the military July 2004 and spent two years in Washington State before we were deployed to Iraq. One of the sergeants in my OIF6-7team would spend maybe an hour a day typing on the computer, but no one really asked. Out of curiosity, I asked him what he has been doing on the computer, and he explained that he was writing our story the way it was meant to be written.

After that deployment, I said to myself, “why can’t I do that?” I enrolled in and online school right away, immediately found work, but it all happened too fast. Before I knew it, I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. I barely had income to sustain myself, barely living paycheck to paycheck.

I dropped the school and just kept working. After a few months, I was called back in to active duty. I spent the year writing in a journal about everything that was going on around me, and I gave it to my girlfriend at the time, but things grew sour between us so I never got it back.

After learning from my mistakes, I knew what I had to do right away and I did it.

Two years after my return, I:

  • Moved out on my own;
  • Bought myself a car;
  • I got myself a job and,
  • I received my Associates Degree.

Ever since then, I have been working very hard to get to my Bachelor’s Degree from Seton Hall and that is where I am at right now. That is my story and thanks for reading.


About About Me:
HEY EVERYONE! I just wanted to take a minute to tell you all about who I am and what I do. My name is Miguel and I am currently a firefighter in New Jersey. I also have a military background, I did 4 1/2 years active Army and 3 years in the Army Reserves. I recently started a family last year in August when my beautiful daughter was born. There is a lot going on in life, but that should encourage me to be more proactive with this blog. I have a high interest in many subjects and I will try to make this blog site about the things I take away from what I learn. If there are any topics or subjects you would like to learn with me, feel free to reach out to me. I will set up a way to do that soon! On that note, let's get ready to learn!

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