Monday, February 19, 2007

lately

Lately I've been thinking a lot--a lot, believe me--about what I'm going to be doing after college. I feel like I've set up a lot of good stuff for myself and have gained a great deal of knowledge, but I know that I can't anticipate 50% of whatever happens. I want to write about Arabic and African cultures, or a specific culture therein, and want to write about the military. I don't know what's pulling me that direction, besides my interest and curiosity and wanting to do something about this war. But I know I can't really go to Iraq. I haven't figured this out yet but I'll keep you, my faithful non-readership, posted.

1 comment:

Danny L. McDaniel said...

First, follow your curiosity to whereever it leads you. Don't be afraid or thrown off track by rejection, you will get alot of that in journalism.

Second, this war is not going to end or wind down anytime soon. Find a local National Guard or Reserve unit from your local hometown that is going to deploy to the region and work like hell to attach yourself to them from the beginning to the end. You will learn more about the military and the culture then you ever exists. Remember, be part student, part teacher. You will always learn more by being a teacher than a student, but be a teacher that doesn't have all the answers.

Third, from this day forward, keep a handwritten journal, a diary of sorts. This will keep your mind clear and on track. Just because we have blogs and the internet dosen't mean the basic are worthless. You will see and feel the wisdom in that once you start.

Fourth, the Chinese have a saying, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." They also have another one that is important to journalism, "the periphery is the center."

GOOD LUCK! You will do well!

Danny L. McDaniel
Lafayette, Indiana