A print journalism major at Hofstra University, I spend a lot of time researching, reporting, conducting interviews, taking pictures, attending various campus events, and writing articles. This semester, in addition to an advanced news writing and reporting course and a copy editing class, I am taking photojournalism. Through these class, I have been constantly improving my journalistic insticts and abilities. Photojournalism in particular has been a growing focus of mine as my future career goals develop. Some of the photographs I have taken (many more will be added as time goes on) can be seen at www.visualcv.com/erinfurman/photographer.
Writing and taking pictures have been passions of mine since I was a young girl. Deep down, I always knew that I wanted to do both for a long, long time, and as I prepared for college, I made attending a school with opportunities to both write and take pictures a priority. During the application process, I visited countless schools of all sizes in all environments, including everything from large urban schools to small rural schools before choosing a mid-sized suburban school.
The first few times a friend or acquaintance asked me why I came to Hofstra University, I was unsure of how to answer. What drew me to school was a multitude of factors that I still have trouble putting into words that are wholly coherent and make sense. I liked the size (roughly 13,000), the location (just outside of New York City), the campus, my acceptance into Honors College, the somewhat hefty scholarship I was offered, the people I encountered during campus visits, and many other small factors, most of which were shared by other schools I was accepted into. Maybe it was the over 200 majors offered- just in case I changed my mind about journalism. Maybe it was the fact that I would be close to three hours away from home but with a good public transportation system to take me home when I did not have a car. Or maybe it was the moment of recognition I received during an Honors College accepted students dinner for a position I held in high school. The truth is Hofstra was always more of a safety school for me. I never doubted I would get accepted, but I also never really planned on pursuing it. Yet somehow it is where I ended up, and I am enjoying every minute of it. If I could go back two years, I would have told myself well before April 28 (two days prior to the May 1 deadline) to relax, take a deep breath, and mail Hofstra my deposit. One thing is for sure: it would have saved me a lot of stress and college worry time.