My Passion Part 1

Recently, someone asked me what I was passionate about. I wasn’t sure how to answer. Finding my passion has been something I struggled with for a really long time (and still do).

When I was in high school, I wanted to be a news anchor. I am a talkative person once you get to know me (just ask my family, they call me the mouth from the south) and I enjoy public speaking, so seventeen year old me thought being a news anchor was a good idea. I watched the local news every night and practiced my own sign-off in the mirror of my childhood bedroom.

Dreaming of becoming a news anchor at my high school graduation.

After graduating high school, I attended Flagler College to pursue a degree in Communications. I had big plans of joining the college’s new station. However, I couldn’t do that freshman year. My sophomore year rolled around and I was excited to sign up for the news station class but it filled up fast and I got stuck taking the radio workshop.

Off to college!

I was not thrilled but decided to embrace it. On the first day of class the station manager asked me what my career aspirations were. I told him I wanted to be a news anchor. He looked at me and told me I was probably too nice to be a news anchor. I remember being really upset. This man barely knew me and just assumed that I couldn’t handle the news industry (I now know that he was right). However, I couldn’t be upset for long because a minute later he handed me a script for a commercial the station was going to run.

After giving me a minute to read it he asked me if I was ready and hit the record button before I could respond. You guys I was so nervous. This was my first day of class and I had no idea what I was doing but I began talking. After hearing the commercial on air, I was suddenly hungry and ready to pursue radio.

First time being on-air!

At the time there were no slots open for live shows, so I ended up writing, recording, editing and producing my own pre-recorded show that aired twice a week as filler content. It was called Catie’s Concert Calendar. It highlighted all the concerts that were coming to St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Orlando.

Kickstart with Catie!

Two months after that I got the opportunity to shadow a student DJ who was getting ready to graduate. So, every Wednesday morning from 7AM-9AM I watched and learned from her and DJ Catie was born. And when she graduated the station manager gave me her slot and Kickstart with Catie became a regular live show for the remainder of my college career. I continued to produce and record my other show and produced and edited a show for a fellow classmate.

I finally felt like I had found my passion but was unsure if I wanted to make it a career. The summer before my senior year I discovered a new passion. I found great joy in non-profits and helping people.

Tune in next week for Part 2.

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