Digital Journalism from a freshman’s point of view

Lindsay Eichhold ’18

When people told me to enjoy high school because it’s over real fast, I didn’t take them seriously. As I sit here, almost to the end of my first year at Mercy, I truly understand what they meant. I now feel obligated to do a “Year in review” blog post, no matter how cliché it may seem.

I started off at Mercy like most other girls of the freshman class, excited to be starting a new chapter of my life and even more excited to not be returning to grade school after 9 years.

After the first few weeks I was settled in to the flow of Mercy. I loved most of my classes, but some of them, I absolute dreaded. Funny enough, Digital Journalism was one of those classes at the beginning of the year. I am not really sure why I despised this fantastic class so much. All I know is that I am so thankful that I didn’t drop Digital Journalism when I “thought” I hated it.

I am not just saying that Digital Journalism is one of my favorite classes now because I’m writing my final blog post for this class, but because it truly brightened up every one of my A days. As I look back on my writing at the beginning of the year compared to now, I can see a tremendous growth in every facet of my writing skills. This class was a perfect way for me to improve my writing, because all we did was write. This class really helped me be less repetitive in my writing, something I struggled with for a long time, and write stronger sentences overall.

Digital Journalism forced me to get out of my comfort zone. It forced me to talk to people whom I would have never talked to otherwise. I remember with my big article I had to interview someone that I never would have reached out to in any other circumstance. Because of this class I am able to be more confident when I step out of my comfort zone because I have already been there before.

I really hope I get the chance to take Digital Journalism multiple other times during my years at Mercy. This class was a great way to improve my writing ability, and I can’t even imagine how strong of a writer I would become if I continued to take this class. If I could give any advice to incoming freshman it would be: To stick out in a class that you think you hate in the beginning, because that class could become your favorite class of the day by the end of the school year!

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