I really can’t believe that this school year is almost over. I have an even harder time believing that I only have one year of Blue Jay Journal TV left. Over the course of two years, I have learned so many lessons. From the easy lessons to difficult ones, they have shaped me into the person I am today, not only in my writing and broadcast skills, but also in life.
This lesson will follow you for the rest of your life. While my parents raised me to be respectful at all times, BJJTV made me realize that there is always a side to someone that you may not know about. When people trust me to tell their stories, I am constantly learning new things about them and seeing them in a different light. Being in Blue Jay Journal TV truly has increased my level of respect for so many people after meeting them and hearing about a little piece of their life. I have learned the true value of being unbiased and hearing all sides of a story, and respecting others.
#2. Stepping Up
BJJTV staff averages about 16 kids yearly. We are in a school of about 1,500 students, so there are a lot of events to film and many teens to reach out to by telling their stories or giving them an opportunity to view a piece of our work that might really move them. It's not easy covering it all when you are on such a small staff, that's why stepping up is important to our staff and our audience.
Being in BJJTV has brought me countless opportunities to step up. I have so much more confidence in the fact that I know those opportunities aren’t ending yet. I still have a whole year!
While junior year has easily been my most difficult year in high school, stepping up in BJJTV has made all the difference in my life. A few examples include filming Relay for Life and the Al Matzes Memorial Color Run. I learned so much and had the chance to meet some great families with incredibly inspiring stories to tell! If I wouldn’t have decided to film these events, I would’ve missed out on some great events in our community.
#3. Working outside of my comfort zone.
This is a big one for me, this school year especially. It’s funny how we always underestimate ourselves and simply let the idea of failure hold us back. Being in Blue Jay Journal TV, I have seriously learned that doing things outside of your comfort zone only brings more experiences and often it brings beneficial results!
I also chose to write an essay for a scholarship as a part of my BJJTV quarterly assessment. Ms. Turner and I worked incredibly hard to proof and revise the essay before submission. I ended up not placing in the essay contest, but I was able to submit it as a part of my application to the Missouri Urban Journalism Workshop. This is something I have had my eye on since my freshman year of high school. I was always scared to apply in fear that I would have to face rejection. This year I faced my fears and applied. I am happy to say that I will be attending the workshop this July!