I have a Journalism Degree, what do I want to do with it?

Ashley Gale

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When I was in community college, I was there for quite some time.

After I graduated high school, I still had no idea what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It took me about 2 years to figure out what I wanted and that was to get an Associates degree in Communications. I had my own radio station as well. It was icredible knowing that listeners from all around the world could tune in and listen to the music that I loved. That was from 2015-2017.

I graduated community college in 2017 and took a well deserved vacation to Disney World with one of my best friends. It was when I was sitting poolside underneath palm trees that I found out I was accepted into Temple University. It was such a crazy moment for me because I was by myself it was a moment where I was really like “Wow. I did something that I didn’t think I could do.” It took me so much time and effort to get all the work done and in the end I got through it.

2 months later, my classes were scheduled and I was officially a journalism student. I chose journalism because I always loved to write as a kid and it’s a fun thing for me to do when I’m bored or stressed. Also, I love celebrities and the Hollywood lifestyle.

Throughout my two years at Temple (since I got my Associates degree at community college, it only took me two years to get my Bachelors degree), I knew for sure that I wanted to write about entertainment. My first year I joined Temple’s chapter of HerCampus, which is a website made for college women. It features topics such as Arts & Entertainment, Campus News, Beauty, Opinion pieces and more. I had so much fun with that because I could write about what I liked. My last year of college I wrote an article about a fashion organization at Temple that made it into the yearbook. I really do look back and wish that I did more in my college experience such as look more into internships, joined more organizations etc.

In 2019, I worked my butt off and finally got to walk across the stage to receive my Bachelors degree in Journalism. It was a really big accomplishment for me, as it would be for anyone.

That summer, I spent most of my time looking for writing jobs. I think I was a little too optimistic that I would find a full time writing job within a couple months. Looking back, I was in over my head with that one. Currently, I write for 4 websites part time. I am very thankful for the opportunities I’ve had thus far in my writing career and I will continue to work hard with those companies. Going into 2021, I am very hopeful that I will be able to find a full time job. If not, 2022 will definitely be my year.

Within these last couple months not working and applying for many writing jobs. Out of the countless rejection emails I received, I kept asking “What is wrong with me? What is the problem with my writing technique? What do I need to do better?" I think I just had a realization that it doesn't matter. I think those rejections I got is setting me up for something bigger and better. That's what matters.

Also during quarantine, I wanted to branch out of just the entertainment world of writing. It kind of hit me like a truck that it’s a tough competition because there’s a lot of people out there who have the same dream as me writing about celebrities. I was lucky enough to actually be on the red carpet where some big names in music attended. After doing so, it wasn’t what I expected. There was a lot of waiting around and most of the artists took some pictures and left. Which was completely fine, they are busy people there to perform not to talk to the press. It got me thinking, is that something I want to do? I decided that I wanted to branch out and write about more topics so I had more experience in them other than entertainment. I started doing more research on topics like beauty, DIY’s, health etc.

There are plenty of things that I can do with a Journalism degree. I began to write a book during quarantine and I’m really passionate about the idea. I can honestly see it turning into a Netflix movie someday. Writing that and just writing personal things for myself was so much fun and I could work on it for hours. For now, I’m going to focus on that as well as working on articles for the websites I already write for. Then later in the new year, I’ll continue with the job search.

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Writer, concert goer, pop culture expert. I love writing about many topics including celebrities, movies, tv shows and more!

Philadelphia, PA
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