It’s safe to say that journalism is something that gets overlooked at most schools. Most students look forward to a Friday night football game rather than the next edition of a high school newspaper. This isn’t any fault of the students, staff or community members, but an overall societal flaw. 

There’s no doubt that student-athletes work hard, put in long hours and stress over their academics. However, writers and journalists work just as hard, and most schools don’t recognize this. News plays an important role in our everyday lives and how we function as a society, so it’s vital that kids be taught how to present news and express themselves in an honest way. 

Even though athletes are recognized more, athletes and journalists both have something in common – people don’t believe their goals are realistic. If a child says that they want to be a professional basketball player, people scoff. The same goes for someone who says they want to be a news reporter or an author. 

When you talk about your goals in high school, you’re always told to have a backup plan. People tell you that you won’t make enough money, or they say that you won’t ever find a job in that field. This leads students to stray away from their true passions. People can’t possibly believe that you can turn your hobbies into careers. 

Success is not just measured by how much money you make, but how passionate you are about your field. Understanding that concept is important for students who are close to graduating and still don’t know what they’re going to pursue.  

Passionate students need to be pushed to work hard in things that they like to do, not things that will make them the most money. I understand that certain situations call for different goals in life, but I believe that we should all focus a little more on the things we love to do. 

Katie Heckman is a senior at Pleasant Ridge High School.