Last week I shared some of what is behind my current passions. The flip side of how I discovered this career path has to do with a 7th grade communications class assignment. At first most of the syllabus made the class sound like it was going to be boring. However, the class turned out to be one of my favorites and one of the assignments in particular caught my attention. Our teacher’s project was for us to create our own commercials working with a group of classmates. These commercials were going to be shown at a school assembly, so this project was a big deal. Our teacher was so jazzed about the assignment, and you could tell it was his favorite because he had saved videotapes full of student commercials from several previous years that he shared when introducing the project. His excitement was infectious.
I remember being in awe that we were really going to be allowed to create our own. It seemed like an awesome privilege and it was even more fun because it could be about anything real or imagined. My group made up some kind of energy or soda drink, designed the story board, choreographed and videotaped the whole thing. Before this assignment I did not realize that people like myself were in charge of creating these commercials and this became an attractive career option for me. When I got placed in a communications class for my freshman seminar class in college I loved it, and I knew why, it had all started with my 7th grade class and our commercial assignment.