The passion that has defined my life so far is a love of language. My first word was "book." When I was a little girl, I would sit down with a stack of books, start reading and not stop until my nech ached and my eyes could no longer focus. I have followed that passion here to UF, and if I can make a living by plunging myself into a world of words, I will be able to live a happy life. I have a few ideas about what I'd like to try to do, but I am open to infinite possibilities.
This is an area that greatly interests me. I would be blissfully content to be a book editor and do nothing but read and revise, read and revise. I want to work with authors and help them refine their ideas, connect with their readers, and make their work increasingly accessible. There is just something about the quest for perfection in expressing oneself that draws me to editing. That being said...
I am a journalism student, but I'm no reporter. Editing or even copyediting at some publication would definitely interest me. I am a spelling and grammar freak, and mistakes of this nature have always leapt out at me, begging to be corrected. I was editor of my high school paper starting sophomore year, and I enjoy editing my friends' papers. I can imagine myself as a copyeditor, working my way up through a newspaper or magazine.
These fields are two that I would consider going into if I had trouble breaking into or finding work in my chosen field. The creative and persuasive aspects of these professions intrigues me. I love how a print ad or commercial (or book or article, etc.) can change someone's opinion, and I think it would be fun to be a part of that process.
I definitely plan on getting around to this at some point. I want to see the world and immerse myself in foreign cultures. I've only been outside the U.S. as far as Canada (Niagara Falls) and the Bahamas (on a cruise), and I consider it a crime against nature not to explore the globe. I'm dying to test out my Spanish in Spain - I've been studying and preparing for almost a decade.