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Natalia Hepworth

I realized that I wasn’t as average as I thought. I was actually pretty good at something. Actually I was a bit better than I had realized.

 

 

As children we dream of growing up, becoming something, and being the best at it.  We want to be a phenomenal astronaut, or courageous firefighter, or an award winning actress.

 

When I was a child I had always imagined myself going into the medical field. The 8-year-old version of me dreamed of becoming a physician, or a surgeon. I wanted Hasbro’s Operation game to become my reality.

 

As I grew older that dream of becoming a surgeon shifted and morphed into multiple other dreams and careers. I changed my mind so often that by the time I got into college I had no idea of who, or where, or what I wanted to be. I did know however that I wanted to be in a profession where I could help others.

 

With this desire in my heart I did what any logical person would do. I took aptitude tests. The results told me that I should enter the field of communication. Well tests don’t lie, so that’s exactly what I did. This is my version of walking by faith. I entered this field of study with the hope that God was going to show me exactly what I needed to do, and who I needed to become.

 

During my first semester I took a ‘Writing for Communication’ course. We studied the basics of journalistic writing. Each week we would have to do news style reports. Going through the course I ranked in the middle of my class, but I remember feeling like I had no clue what I was doing. I would frequently think to myself, journalism is the last profession I would pursue. Well… God had a way of showing me I was sorely mistaken.

 

Keeping that disdain for journalism in mind I continued my college education focusing on visual

communication. I had decided that I wanted to do photography and design. I enjoyed the photography and design courses I took but, as before I ranked in the middle compared to my peers. There’s nothing wrong with ranking in the middle, but I just really wanted to feel like I had a knack for something.

 

Reaching the end of my college experience I applied to intern for a local broadcasting company, Rich Broadcasting. Special experiences of running into the right kinds of people led me to this internship and I couldn’t turn the opportunity down. To me it seemed almost like divine circumstance. Things I didn’t even realize I wanted were falling into my lap. It’s funny because this radio broadcasting internship had nothing to do with my visual communication emphasis, really. In fact taking this internship was cultivating the very thing I feared (dun, dun, dun!) which was essentially journalism, writing, broadcasting, etc. But, conversely I was so excited to start my new job as an intern for a political radio talk show so I shoved my feelings of inadequacy to the back of my mind.

 

Accepting the internship at this broadcasting station was just the beginning. Because of my experiences there I gained the confidence to try something that was uncomfortable for me. My very last semester of college I decided to try out our on-campus television news program, and from those hands-on experiences I realized that I wasn’t as average as I thought. I was actually pretty good at something. Actually I was a bit better than I had realized. I got to a point where local news agencies were reaching out to me to report for them.

 

Approaching my very last month in school it was time to take another leap of faith. I applied to work for EastIdahoNews.com. By some miracle I was hired as a complete novice and now I’ve been a multimedia journalist for almost two years.

 

Even though becoming a reporter wasn’t the place where I had initially seen myself, the good decisions I had made allowed God to put me in the right position. This job has allowed me to do the thing that I’ve always wanted to do which was to help others. I’ve been able to do so much good in my line of work. Because of the exposure I’ve given to others, local businesses have gained more traction, families in need received many generous donations, and people have been moved to action. I’ve given people a voice where they didn’t have one before, inspired ideas in others, and solved investigations.

 

To say I have been able to help a lot of people in my field  would be an understatement. I’ve been able to do much more than I have ever imagined. Everyday I get a new opportunity to help, learn, and serve. Looking back I’ve seen exactly how  the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve met have led me to where I am today. I’ve learned to embrace every experience, uncomfortable or not, without a fear (even though I’m not perfect at it). With that attitude I know there will be many open doors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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