Jackie Haworth Introductory Post

はじめまして、ジャッキーです。(Hajimemashite Jackie desu.) Nice to meet you; let’s start off well. My name is Jackie.

On a chilly September morning in 1992 a child was born in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. This child was dubbed Jacqueline Louise Haworth, but she goes by Jackie because it fits her better. She was raised by hockey-playing moose and was fed solely on maple syrup.

Jackie moved to Oregon as a young child and spent most of her time stuck in beautiful, but small Grants Pass, reading, writing and dreaming about big adventures.

Jackie is currently a sophomore, but she considers herself to be a student for life. She is studying journalism and cinema studies. Her focus is magazine writing, editorial, and photojournalism. She enjoys writing and editing stories about people and culture, politics, environment, and music. As far as film goes she would like to be a screenwriter and be involved in post-production editing as well.

It should be said now that Jackie likes to do more than most people think is sane, and she isn’t known for being brief unless she is forced to be, or the situation calls for brevity. She doesn’t like talking about herself and has to find a fun way to do it; ego isn’t a factor here (though a lack of sleep may be a significant factor).

Jackie worked on Ethos Magazine for two terms as a writer, photographer, illustrator, and copy editor on the web team, but she has decided to freelance this term to focus on her classes.

Jackie wants to minor in Japanese, but her scholarship only lasts four years, so she has been forced to prioritize. Nevertheless, she will be studying abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo next spring and plans to stay there to work on a bilingual women’s magazine promoting breast cancer awareness and health for women in Tokyo. She will also be traveling to London this summer to study political and arts journalism.

Jackie’s brain is fond of civil wars so she has yet to pinpoint a specific career goal. In fact, she believes that being static is quite boring. She wants to see as much of the world and gain as many perspectives as she can before she dies early of something mundane like a heart attack (though she would prefer to die in an epic battle of good vs. evil).

In a very broad nutshell, she aspires to travel the world and change the way media works and how it portrays people and issues. She hopes to screen write, work at an embassy and possibly do some foreign correspondence, if she ever find the money for her own equipment she wants to do embedded journalism at least once. She holds an unrealistic hope that there won’t be war to cover, but Jackie is realistic enough to know that being embedded will still be an option in the future.

She is currently working on her first novel and plans to have other essays and photo essays published. Jackie wouldn’t mind working for Rolling Stone and/or BBC at some point. And for some unknown reason one of her passionate aspirations is to be a second Hunter S. Thompson minus the drugs and alcohol (if that doesn’t defeat the purpose).

A lot of things inspire Jackie: little things like reading a book that has amazing characters, or seeing the positive effect that storytelling can have in peoples’ lives. Storytelling gave her a place to belong. She is compelled by the need for transparency in the media because it has such an effect on people, and most importantly how people make informed decisions about how people should live. Storytelling is one of the most important and ubiquitous parts of human culture and society. Jackie wants to be part of the process of figuring out life through storytelling because she realizes that life is damn confusing and contradictory.

It’s difficult to describe the zeal Jackie has for storytelling. As a human being, she is a strange and wonderful mix of passion, cynicism, unrealistic expectations, and constant bad singing, but sometime the best words to describe one’s purpose in life are another’s words. Patanjali (compiler of the Yoga Sutras and The Mahabhasya) says, “When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

~どうぞよろしくお願いします。(Douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.) Please be good to me. なるほど、だれでもほんとうにこれを読んでいるかな。

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