Stories are passion for curious teen

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Stories are passion for curious teen

Stories are passion for curious teen

Sarah_Headshot_r900x493Sarah Berjan attends Bonita Vista High School in Bonita. — Durana Saydee

At a young age, Sarah Berjan’s family often referred to her as “nosey.”

“It’s funny, my family, they called me the chismosa (nosey person),” Berjan said. “Because I liked to insert myself into their conversations and stories.”

Storytelling intrigued Berjan. She remembers listening to her parents and friends as they talked, fascinated by the yarns they would tell.

Berjan claims this is where her interest in writing and storytelling comes from.

An incoming senior at Bonita Vista High School, Berjan considered herself to be quiet and reserved until she reached age 12, when she began writing as an outlet to express herself.

An experience with a tutor during the sixth grade developed her love of English and writing.

“(That) changed my perspective in both writing and reading,” Berjan said. “She pushed me to go past my comfort zone. That encouragement remained with me as I grew and it allowed me to do a lot of amazing things.”

She joined the Bonita Vista High School’s news publication, the Crusader, and attended the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Orlando, Fla.

In the midst of listening to the guest speakers and attending numerous seminars, Berjan fell in love with journalism.

“Writing quickly became a passion of mine and journalism allows me to exercise that passion while also quenching my thirst for knowledge,” she said.

Berjan hopes the U-T Community Journalism Scholars program will expose her to professional journalism as a potential career. No matter what she chooses for her future job, she believes what she learns during her time at the San Diego Union-Tribune will translate well into any career path.

“Journalism is an amazing field,” said Berjan, who eventually plans to attend the University of Chicago or UC Berkeley to major in psychology or journalism.

“As a journalist, we are given the privilege to share stories. We’re able to give the voiceless a voice and we are trusted to construct the story in a manner which could be understood to the general public and that is pretty amazing in my opinion,” she said.

Durana Saydee is a member of the U-T Community Journalism Scholars Program.

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