Hello! My name is Adam Griffith-Zahner and I’m 18 years old.
Ever since I was in elementary school, I knew that I wanted to work in journalism. I would read the newspaper in the morning, and in high school, daily cups of coffee soon followed. This morning ritual is still with me today. As soon as I was eligible for work experience, I promptly applied, devoting my mornings to the course – my first choice being the View. Within three weeks I found myself working at the very paper that I enjoy reading.
It has been a great experience so far. Instead of simply making photocopies and brewing pots of coffee, I’ve been travelling around with reporters and seeing what their day-to-day activities look like. Granted, I’ve only been here a few days, but I consider myself lucky to have already proofread stories, attended interviews and even got the chance to add my own writing into the newspaper.
Personally, I think I always knew that I wanted to pursue the field of journalism. Ever since I was younger, I would always find myself with the stereotypical note pad and pen inquiring about the latest school event, writing for an invisible audience. As I progressed through school, I began to focus my classes towards a more English based curriculum. I took as many English courses as were available to me. Even the class that I’m peer tutoring is English 12.
After high school, my plan is to attend Dalhousie in Halifax. For a couple years now, it’s been the university that I’ve focused in on most, and luckily, I was accepted. Some of my relatives live on the East Coast and from what I’ve heard the landscape is absolutely beautiful.
So that’s the plan, and my entire high school career has been dedicated to it. Learn as much as I can about the English language and the art of journalism, go to school and study my passions, and pursue a career in journalism. All in all, I think it’s a pretty manageable goal, and so far, I’ve stayed on track.