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“Why did you have to waste an engineering seat in college if you wanted to become a journalist?”
It is a question people who have known me as an engineer till a few years ago, ask me often. Back then, writing used to be a hobby. An outlet for the writing urge.
In an youth magazine, I had written about facing failure with courage. It was based on my experience. I was overwhelmed by the responses to the article. It was then that I realized that words had the power to make a lot of positive difference to people’s lives. I was gradually drawn to issues that were not being addressed. While writing, one cannot but help becoming personally involved.
Suicide is one of the issues that affect me deeply. I interviewed Shanthi for an article. ‘Shanthi’ means peace; she had anything but that. She kept on pouring out her woes, long after I turned off my recorder. She was contemplating suicide after putting her nine-year-old son in an orphanage. I counseled her as much as I could and promised to help her. She called a couple of times. And then the calls stopped. I had neither her address nor any contact detail. It is a long while since she contacted me last. But I am still hoping to hear from her, to hear the endearing way in which she calls me ‘akka’, meaning ‘elder sister’.
Then I learnt that another whom I had interviewed for another article had committed suicide. I could not prevent the death. But I do believe that if I write about the issue, convey why people contemplate suicide, whom they should approach to get support, etc., then I know I would be making a positive difference. (From experience I can say that I have, but it is not enough). Our words can prevent someone from taking an extreme step. This holds good not just for suicide prevention, but for all issues.
Having no formal journalism education, I always attend workshops, study literature available, and look for more, to improve my writing, add more power to my voice and to get insights into positive journalism. That is how I stumbled upon World Pulse and Pulsewire. To be honest, I did not expect to learn so much, en route the actual, possible training. It has been an eventful journey thus far. I am sure it will continue to be.


mamalaw's picture

Just like me!

People ask me the exact same question - why i wasted five years studying law only to end up in media and communications. I believe we are the way we are because our purposes are bigger than what we study. Keep up the good work, and thanks for the comment on my piece!

Jency's picture

True calling

May be some of us find our true calling only when we gain experience!

MaDube's picture

It was not a waste

It just enhanced your knowledge base so deciding not to pursue it and doing something you love instead is more than a wonderful choice.

Jency's picture


Thanks MaDube. Yeah, I love writing. It is a passion that I seem to share with everyone here.

Nusrat Ara's picture

Have faith and keep

Have faith and keep writing.



Jency's picture

Thank you

Thank you Nusrat, faith is what keeps me going.


cassie_levy's picture

Great story! It doesn't

Great story! It doesn't matter what you study... just do what makes you happy!

Jency's picture


Thank you Cassie. It's the responses from friends like you and readers that encourage me to do more.


Julie Tomlin's picture

Keep writing..

and exploring the issues that you are passionate and concerned about.



Jency's picture


Thank you Julie. There are times when it is difficult to find a platform to voice your opinion on something that you are concerned about. Being a freelance journalist has advantages and disadvantages when it comes to pitching stories. That way, I am glad to be on Pulsewire exchanging notes.


Greengirl's picture

Hello Jency!

At the moment, I can't really explain what it is in the way you use your words, but your words are very influencing! Keep using your word power!


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