Photo job helps to overcome shyness
Growing up, I was always a relatively introverted person.
During high school I found that sports could be my outlet for that, making friends with teammates and meeting new people.
Starting college, I had to find something new, so I applied for the photo editor position at The Lookout.
Just thinking about all of the people I would have to meet made me anxious, but I knew that in the long run it would be beneficial. I have not been here for too long, but I can already say it has definitely made me happier during my college experience.
I have attended press conferences and made contacts for my future that I would not have done without my job. I have met new people and learned more about photography as well.
Although not all of my encounters are pleasant – because understandably people don’t want their photo taken on a day where they were not prepared to be photographed – the good encounters have made up for anything negative. I’ve had peers recognize me and thank me for taking their photo for the newspaper.
I have learned that exploring outside of your comfort zone can bring some of the best opportunities along with new experiences.
If you see me around the college taking photos, feel free to say hello; and say cheese!