Aspirations

When I was a senior in high school I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Adult life terrified me, and I would much rather not think about getting a real job and entering the workforce.  As the time arose for me to apply to USC I realized that I needed to seriously think about what I wanted to do.  Should I follow in my parents footsteps and become a doctor?  Should I pursue politics and become a lawmaker?  Should I get a business degree and hope for the best?  None of these options really appealed to me and I conveyed my utter lack of direction to my parents.  What they said was probably the best advice anyone has ever given me.  They told me to pursue what made me happy and to not be so career oriented.  According to them, if I studied the things I enjoyed then my work would not be work; it would be fun.

I thought long and hard about what I liked to do the most.  I realized that I’m truly happiest watching sports.  I’m a diehard fan of my hometown Chicago teams and I start everyday reading all the Chicago related articles on ESPN.  Unfortunately I’m not athletically gifted, so I needed to find another way to get involved in the industry.  Then I decided if I couldn’t participate on the field then I could at least spend my time as a critical observer.  Journalism was for me.  I spent the 2010 summer interning at CBS Chicago helping the producers pick highlights for the 10 o’clock sportscast and occasionally helping reporters snag interviews from players and coaches.  I couldn’t believe it.  I could actually make a profession out of watching sports!

I would love to simply return to Chicago to cover the White Sox, Bulls, and Bears for the rest of my life, but I would also want more for myself.  It’s every boy’s dream to become an anchor for SportsCenter, and I don’t want to give up on my dream.