Becoming a Successful Sports Journalist

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IJune 22, 2008

I thought for years that my only career path would be business. I thought about being a journalist, then I realized that newspapers are being replaced by magazines, and more often, internet sites such as this.

Although I am double majoring in international business and German, I don't see a future in either for me. I don't want to be a German teacher, even though I will have finished my German major by next semester.

However, the one thing I can see myself being is a sports journalist. I have an utmost passion for writing, and an even larger passion for sports. I got the nickname "The Statistician" from my high school friends, because I know so many random, useless facts about sports.

I have been fortunate enough to attend some of sports' greatest spectacles, as well as having met a fair number of famous people. But to be thought of in the same breath as Rick Reilly, now wouldn't that be something?

Of course, I must start at the bottom, but I have the determination to work my way to the top. I clearly have a passion, after writing 122 articles in two months.

I hope to get an internship with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch next summer, so I can further my potential career.

That said, I wouldn't be anywhere without my determination and hard work.