Three years ago, I started community college with no real goals. I was taking classes just for the sake of fulfilling general education requirements. No major, no real drive to even go to school, no nothing. I dreaded stepping foot on campus because there was nothing really keeping me there.
In that same year, I found Rooster Teeth. It was something I'd never really seen before. A company that was really only based on video game related content. I was hooked from the first Achievement Hunter video and haven't stopped watching ever since. There's just something about the community and the members of RT that make me happy and always wanting to come back for more.
Flash forward to last summer, summer of 2015. I needed to to pick a major and a school to go to. I had thrown ideas of what I wanted to do. Maybe psychology, but there were too many classes I didn't want to take. Women's studies looked fun, but the job world didn't look very good with that backing me up. I was scared and worried that there was nothing I wanted to do.
But then I had a thought. I love production. Editing, shooting, acting, lighting. All aspects of things I had done in broadcasting my freshman year of high school and in theatre were things I really loved. My brother being a film major helped inspire that. But I also really loved what Rooster Teeth was doing. They were a production company that was filled with many well spoken, intelligent people that also loved video games.
So I said to myself, "You wanna do that, don't you? Whether it's with Rooster Teeth or not, that's exactly what you want to do." I went in to see a counselor at my college. After about an hour of talking, we figured it out. A communications major. That was what was going to finally make college enjoyable. I'd take writing classes, speech classes, but more excitingly, production classes.
Come October, it was time to apply to a university to finally attend after three years of community college. I applied to CSUF and CSULB under a communications major, anxious and worried that they might not even want me. But my mind was geared for learning and ready for progression because I had a goal. I wanted to be like all the people I had admired at Rooster Teeth. I was ready to learn what I needed to be able to work at a company like that.
December 2nd, 2015. After a long day away from home, I turned on my computer as I was settling in for bed. I opened up my email and saw a reply from CSUF, my top choice school. Upon opening it, I saw the word 'admitted' and I screamed. I cried. I did it. Finally having a purpose got me a future - at least for the next few years. It was the most exciting moment of the entire year.
So why am I writing this? Why is this important? Well, because Rooster Teeth got me inspired for picking my educational path. I chose communications because it really was going to help me broadly learn a lot of the things they do at the company. Without immersing myself in a let's play community through RT, I would still be picking through the hundreds of majors out there.
I got my dream. I have a goal. I know where I'm going and it's because of Rooster Teeth's employees, content, and community. Thank you.