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An exciting new opportunity

Published 11:35am Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Along with a change of scenery or situation usually comes a feeling of nervousness.

Whether going to a new school or moving to a new city, unfamiliarity breeds a sense of nerves that borders on fear.

That’s an accurate description of how I felt when I took my first job out of college as a reporter at The Selma Times-Journal.

For the first time, I was truly on my own and had to take up the responsibilities of an actual adult, coupled with the fact that I was about to apply the skills I’d spent years in college learning to real-world situations.

For nearly two years I gained knowledge and skills that made my most recent transition an absolute breeze.

When I joined The Outlook staff, those nerves that usually accompany change were virtually non-existent.

Nervousness was instead replaced by a feeling more akin to cautious optimism.

For one thing, I wasn’t worried about my abilities to do my job.

I have nearly a couple of years under my belt in journalism, and at this stage any criticism is welcome in order to help me become better at what I do.

On the other hand, I am once again entering a new community, but honestly, that fact doesn’t quite have me on edge.

I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know the people of Alexander City and the surrounding communities.

I’ll have to relearn a lot of new contacts and such, but having to meet new people isn’t something I fear anymore.

I’m looking forward to learning about the community and getting to know the people who call it home.

My favorite thing about being a journalist is being able to tell a story and provide a unique perspective on a community, no matter how big or small.

A part of that job involves actually becoming a part of that community and ultimately having a stake in it.

As a journalist, it’s only natural that you want the best for the community that you cover because that’s where you live.

But living in a place is not the only reason you come to care about it.

It’s the people you come to know and wanting the best for those people that helps motivate you to do your job in telling the stories that matter.

I’m looking forward to doing just that here in Alex City.

Hudson is a staff writer for The Outlook.