And yesterday, I got a chance to have just the tiniest taste of that dream. My friends and I attended the taping for Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show. I was asked by the producer if I'd be willing to ask a question to the day's guests: the Basketball Wives. When we arrived at the show, we were taken into a special section where we were seated and interviewed again by a show manager. We were then taken to our seats, where a name card had been placed down for us.
During the taping, Anderson came to me and I got a chance to ask a question. What was my question and what was the answer? I honestly couldn't tell you. All I knew was that I had to keep my cool: don't fall, don't throw up, don't pick your nose. And I succeeded.
And as if that wasn't enough, during the commercial breaks, Anderson asked if the audience had any unrelated questions for him. I asked if he had any journalism advice for a student like me. That's right. I got personal journalism advice from Anderson Cooper.
I left the show totally thrilled. And maybe my wildest dream is pretty far away, but being in that studio overlooking Central Park, I realized wild doesn't mean impossible.
|My friends and I in the "special section."|