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This is How it All Begins

Who am I? Well, I’ll tell you. I talk about myself, what I like and my plans for the future

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Listening To: Mason Jennings – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
Reading: The CollegeHumor Guide To College

So. Year one (of either two or three) is done. Whoa, whoa, whoa. You guys have no idea who I am or what I do, do you? Well, that is, unless you read my other blog, Kill Jill Goes To College. For those who don’t (naughty, naughty), I’ll give you a few points of interest.

  • My name is Jillianne Hamilton and I’m 21.
  • I just finished my first year of Journalism school (that’s J-school, to all you hip cats) at College X, somewhere in the East Coast of Ye Olde Canada.
  • I live in the dormitory. This past year, I lived with a barely-18-year-old former Catholic school girl from Ottawa. She was studying Culinary and made the most delicious brownies (no, not the special kind) for me when I was having a crap day. I miss her.
  • The things I love and enjoy are varied and almost random. I love indie music (and lots of other music too), funny movies, movie soundtracks, Henry VIII and Tudor history, research, scrapbooking, painting, etc.

I’ll talk more about my college life a little later on. But for right now, I’ll tell you the basics. I decided to take Journalism at College X because I’ve always been a writer. As long as I can remember, writing was just that something that came easily for me. I used to write a lot of fiction but decided to give non-fiction a try. Turns out, that came easily to me as well. I love comedy writing and writing about music and pop culture.

And College X just seemed like a good option because it wasn’t in my crime-ridden provincial capital city, the tuition was a little lower than at most universities and City X itself seemed like a good option. And I was right. I love it there and plan to move there after I’m done my Journalism program.

As a part of my Journalism program, I did a four-week internship at a newspaper office. And guess what. I didn’t like it. I don’t want to work for a newspaper. It’s far too stressful and I like knowing that I can go home at 5pm. And I know I should have to work my way up until I can write about what I want to write about… but I’m far too impatient for that.

So, I’m thinking I’ll take a Multimedia course after I’m done with Journalism so I’m more prepared when the inevitable happens: newspapers become obsolete and online news sources and blogs rule the world.

When that happens, I’ll be ready.