As I wrap up my sophomore year at Drake University, I’m starting to try and figure out exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life. This year was filled with a lot of realizations, like the fact that next week I will be finishing up the first half of my college education. It seems like every semester goes by faster and faster.
For the last two years I had no idea what I wanted to do until my internship and job at Drake in sports production. After 100+ baseball games, all of Drake’s basketball and volleyball games, I was sure that sports production was it. That’s what my passion was. Now, though, I have to start thinking of a definite decision and I’m getting some anxiety because I haven’t tried different types of production, so now I’m left wondering if I would be more passionate about documentaries or movies. There’s so much out there that I haven’t tried.
With all of this weighing on my mind, I decided to ask my journalism class to allow me to be the producer for our final project, a 30 minute newscast. That has allowed me to get one step closer to figuring out what I want to do for the next 40 years. I can confidently say I want to stay far away from the news. It’s just not for me. There’s just not enough room for creativity as I had hoped. This is the same reason I started questioning sports production. It becomes a bit monotonous after awhile.
With my mid-college crisis in full swing, I decided to completely flip everything. As an 18 year old, I saw Des Moines as the big city where I would find who I am because of the endless opportunities and Drake was a pretty darn good college. Two years later, I’m starting to see a hole that I needed to fill. Des Moines has great ties to a couple major league teams, they have great news stations and creative agencies, and a great newspaper. It covers just about any type of production except for movies and the entertainment industry.
Being a poor college student, I wasn’t sure how I was going to get the experiences I wanted unless I made my own mini films or documentaries in Des Moines. So, on a whim I decided to apply to the Disney College Program. I had applied previously, but got declined. I wasn’t really expecting much this time around either. Then, as I am in line at Hy-Vee to get some Chinese food after a long day, my phone dings and it’s my acceptance letter! I’m heading to Anaheim for 5 months to work for Disney! Needless to say my day turned around pretty quickly.
While some professors can’t wrap their head around why I want to go and take a break from the university life, I really believe this will open big doors for me as long as I play my cards right and take this seriously.