Contrary to popular belief, storytelling is the oldest profession. From the beginning of time stories have been told about past generations through pictures, words, or music.
Here, at St. Agatha’s News School (TNS), student learn to tell stories using modern technology. We were introduced to many new skills that we never knew we possessed such as the ability to use creativity when writing captivating leads and capturing astonishing moments through a lucid eye.
Through the TNS program, many of us have been led to take our previous abilities and strongly proliferate upon them. A group of us never wrote groundbreaking stories before, let alone having them published for all eyes to see.
This class is extremely fast paced and can be a challenge but we were never left alone to fend for ourselves. DiMarkco, Gricelda, Cathy, and Jeanette always encouraged us even at the most frustrating moments.
From the beginning, we knew this program would be a challenge and we also understood that the greatest achievements are never easily earned. However, as a team, we came together and persevered through it all even if the stories were somewhat depressing at times. Nonetheless, it was worth it because we gained something that cannot be made instantly. We became a trustworthy community.
TNS helped improve our writing, communication, and speaking skills. Brielle Buford was one of the class’ greatest writers. She offered this testimony:
The program has helped me immensely, giving me the opportunity to express my desire to write and learn, and it has helped me prepare for my future career.
I am immensely proud to live in an iconic era where storytelling is so highly praised and that people like me, as well as scriptwriters, game developers, playwrights, comic artists, and other narrative professionals can be compensated for what we do.
In some sense, we are living in a time where our profession is returning to its roots, which is the idea that any member of the clan has a forum to tell his or her tale. Each day we tackle and experience new ideas that will help us in our future careers.
No matter where we go on our life’s journey, one thing I know is we will never fail but exceed beyond society’s standards.
Author Marianne Williamson wrote these words in her book, “Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles:”
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
To all my fellow writers and friends, who I have had the opportunity of knowing, keep in mind that trying to be picture perfect is something you and I could never achieve. Even with our imperfections, we are God’s masterpieces, so live boldly and proud. Never let misery and depression slow you down. We are the jewels that rest upon Yahweh’s crown.
Opinion by Dwayne McClain
Edited by Cathy Milne
Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles: by Marianne Williamson; Harper Collins, 1992
Featured and Top Image Courtesy of Gricelda Chandler – Used With Permission