Let me start out by saying this: I absolutely despise talking on the phone, unless I’m talking to my mom. I have always hated my voice on the phone because I have a tendency to talk in a high-pitched, fake voice. I realized I would have to get rid of my fear of speaking on the phone because that’s a vital way to set up interviews.
The first time I ever made a phone call to a potential interviewee, I was so nervous. Take into account my fear of talking on the phone and add the fear of not knowing the person I was talking to at all. It could have been potentially very awkward, but thankfully I had a script put together so that I wouldn’t mess up. The phone call went extremely smoothly, thanks to my preparedness. I credit all of that to Blue Jay Journal TV.
Meeting with new people is also something I have always been really nervous about. I am a very shy person when I get stuck in awkward situations. Being in Blue Jay Journal TV helped me come to a major realization: I’m there to get something done and I can’t let my weak social skills get in the way.
When you’ve got a deadline that you have to meet, that overpowers your resentment of new social situations when going into an interview. The importance of the story is greater than my anxiousness about going to a place I've never been to meet someone who is basically a stranger to me. You just have to get over it, so that feeling of anxiousness fades away. That mindset helped me keep a cool head going into new situations.
Being prepared for situations like talking on the phone and scheduling interviews helped my organizational skills. Being late to an interview is completely unprofessional, and not scheduling an important interview is even MORE unprofessional. Organization is key when you’re a part of something like journalism. Deadlines are important. If you’re unorganized, it can be hard to meet that deadline in time.
Procrastination is also something that needed to be conquered for me to succeed in Blue Jay Journal TV. I am the biggest procrastinator I know. I like to wait until the last couple of days to finish big projects. Deadlines are not something you can procrastinate with. I learned that lesson when I worked on my backpack story and I didn’t set up interviews within the time window I was given.
This year has truly been an eye-opening experience for me. I met so many new people and created friendships that I think will last a long time. Taking this class was possibly the best decision I could have made my sophomore year. I can’t wait to continue this class next year and hopefully my senior year as well. I am so proud of how far we’ve all come as a class. I wish success to all seniors going off on their own journeys. We will all miss you in our Blue Jay Journal TV fam <3