Well, since you asked, it all began my senior year of college at Loyola University of Chicago. This was pre-Loyola Men’s Basketball winning streak that landed them a spot in the 2018 NCAA Final Four Tournament and Sister Jean’s rise to international stardom.
You know that time in life when the academic finish line is so close, but there are just a few more hurdles before you can actually cross? I was feeling pretty good about senior year, because I strategically used my first three years to knock out my core requirements – with intention of using my final year to just coast or so I thought… *insert the scratched record noise here*
It just so happens that one of the writing intensive courses (out of the two required) didn’t even count, because my professor didn’t attend a conference. It all sounded like a bunch of bologna. You know the sound of hearing the teacher on The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (womp, womp, woommmmp), but I digress, just know that a girl was determined to graduate!
After doing some research, I’d heard good reviews about this course called Writing For The Web and decided to sign-up. As part of the course, we had to start a blog via Word Press, write several blogs posts, and create a short video for our blog via iMovie.
At the time, my girlfriends and I were planning a trip to Las Vegas. So naturally, I decided to use this as an opportunity to plan the trip while completing my assignments since both required a good amount of research. Two birds, one stone baby! To my surprise I kind of enjoyed it. Not only did I enjoy it, but I realized that I sorta loved it.
Here’s when I knew that I was passionate about blogging….it was Halloween night and my friend asked me if I would still being going out with the crew (mind you this outing had been planned for weeks), and I told my friends to go without me. When she asked me what I was doing, and I confessed that I was blogging! Y’all, I was sitting in bed, in my favorite Loyola sweats – living my best life. Apparently that wasn’t a good enough excuse not to spend my final collegiate Halloween with my friends, so I ended up going out that night, but I knew that I’d never felt this way about anything before.
For me blogging feels therapeutic – it gives me a place to tell stories from my point of view in my most candid voice. Additionally, blogging has been a creative sounding board – in this space I have the freedom to execute all of my crazy ideas. I’m pretty sure this is why whenever I’ve attempted to stop – something has always pulled me right back.
I shared this story to also bring forth a greater life lesson, that everything happens for a reason. I know this sounds cliché, but had both of my writing intensive courses counted towards my core requirements, then I wouldn’t have been led to take Writing For The Web, a course that to my surprise changed my life.
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