A storyteller in many forms

A new semester started yesterday, and in my feature writing class, this is how the students described themselves in one word:

Stubborn, demanding, curious, inquisitive, dreamer, optimistic, eclectic, decisive, quiet, empathetic, curious, complex, resilient, compassionate, determined, humorous, authentic, concerned and resilient.

All personality traits of journalists, I’d say. About half of the 20 students said they planned to become journalists or writers in some form.

And those one-word descriptions also include lawyers, librarians, teachers, filmmakers and late night hosts, which are some of the non-journalism career aspirations the students listed.

They all come under the big umbrella that one of the multi-skilled journalism students said she planned to be: “A storyteller in many forms.”