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During our media event last night, I encountered two senior Journalism students. I immediately saw my old-self on them.
They possess high hopes, high dreams for a bright ‘real professional world’.
But there is also tinge of anxiety and insecurity brought by the discrimination they experienced even before they step into the brutal concrete jungle of working world.
The issue is just like what I have encountered before.
I graduate with honours, but as I am surrounded with cousins and friends who took ‘harder’ courses, they just shrug the ‘honour’ off saying it’s usual because Journalism is comparably an ‘easy’ course.
That poem is my answer to those who BELITTLE the study and the profession of writing.
I don’t mean to put ‘writers’ at the top hierarchy of the professional world nor put down such well-respected and really hard courses.
I am perfectly aware that writers are NEVER on the list of BEST-PAYING jobs.
Seldom are WRITERS who really get RICH because of their craft.
And in a third-world country like the Philippines, the journey towards becoming a legit writer/journalist, let me tell you, is like a walk in Jurassic Park! There are publication editors and owners who will NEVER HIRE a Journalism graduate from a public university (like me, for instance).
I am frustrated and hurt to hear that a lot of students and a lot of professionals still look at WRITERS as somehow a second-class career or profession.
It is not just unfair, it is degrading.
So why I am writing this?
Because I want you all to know, that writing is NEVER EASY. We may not be good in Math nor in programming numbers, but that doesn’t mean we don’t use our brains.
I am hoping to not hear that phrase any more. This is not about me, this is about those youths aspiring to become WRITERS themselves.
Please let them start their career with a confident and brave hearts, ’cause the harsh world of Journalism will surely find ways to crush them.