Q: I am 17, and I am going to be a senior this next school year.
I have a 3.0 GPA and I want to become an advice columnist. I have tried to find information on it, but I can't find that much on that job. I am taking Journalism 1, and Newspaper my Senior year. Are there any college classes that I need to take to become an advice columnist?
I am also going to be taking peer counsling 1 and 2 my senior year. About 3,500 kids go to my high school.
I am going to be looking for colleges early my senior year, and I need to find out what courses I need, so I know what school I need to look at.
A: I can see that you're very serious about being an advice columnist.
The path to that job is not a direct one. I know of no colleges that teach a course in it, and I think that most editors would advise you to do some other things first you develop your writing and to accumulate the wisdom that goes into being good at advising people.
I would look for these opportunities at my university -- both inside and outside of the classroom:
- Writing experience. You will need to be a good writer who has the right voice.
- Reporting: How better to gather the information your readers will need? It likely won't -- or shouldn't -- come off the top of your head.
- A chance to write advice columns in the student newspaper.