With my Lenten promises starting today, I figured I would try out a positive attitude as well. So far, this strategy seems to be going well for me because today was fantastic!
I woke up before my alarm clock went off and for some reason, this always makes me feel better. Always makes me feel like I've been extra productive just by waking up two minutes early. I jetted off to Ash Wednesday Mass and got back to my dorm with an hour to kill. The old me would Pinterest and check Facebook but the new me was productive, firing off several e-mails and decorating the dorm for my roommate's birthday. After a healthy breakfast, I headed off to class.
In my Visual Communication class, we had a guest speaker, the world famous photographer and photojournalist, Allan Tannenbaum. Hearing him talk about his passion for his job just reminded me how important it is to find a field I love. As a photojournalist, he has gotten to capture some of the most iconic moments in history like the Beatles and Nelson Mandela being released from prison. He got to travel around the world and document the genocide in Rwanda, a civil war in Burma, volcanic disaster in Colombia, and unrest in the Philippines. I included some of his most famous photographs below this blog post. Though he has traveled all over the world and photographed big and dangerous stories, Tannenbaum said the irony in his life was that the biggest, most dangerous story he ever captured was six blocks from his apartment -- 9/11. He ended his lecture by saying, "Photojournalism is not a job but a lifestyle."
My day just continued to get better when I received an e-mail from the Diedrich College of Communication. A couple made an $8.3 million dollar donation to launch “The Perry and Alicia O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism.” The fellowship includes a partnership with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The fellows may teach journalism classes, use undergrad students as assistants to projects, and may invite undergrads to their home news organization for a summer internship. What an incredible opportunity to have this available!
I also ate a salad. Healthy. I'm proud of myself.
So, that's the overview of why I had a fantastic day. Loving this Lenten season!