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Chris Cox: Sports are what got him here

Chris Cox: Sports are what got him here

By Chris Cox
Edited by Christina Elmore

I like to joke that if you aren't good at sports, then write about them instead.

So I wasn't completely terrible at athletics, considering I did play baseball, but I would wager that most members of my family think I'm much better writing.

And that's what has gotten me to this point. When I first got to college, I wasn't completely sure print journalism was the direction I wanted to head.

I had obviously heard the concerns of those around me. "It's more work and less pay," they would say. "It's incredibly hard to find a job in this market," they argued.

When I got to the University of South Carolina, print journalism is the direction I took, and I haven't looked back.

Four years at The Daily Gamecock, the school's student newspaper, fueled my love of the art.

That got me to my next stop, an internship with MLB.com and the eventual World Series runner-up Texas Rangers.

Spending the summer in Arlington helped my knowledge and passion for journalism grow even larger. Living with a graduate from senior semester didn't hurt, either.

And that's what has gotten me here, to my final semester of college not far from my Midlands home. Only now I'm a 22-year-old being challenged at much more than just baseball and football.

From here, sports are the direction I'll take once again. A return to MLB.com and the Atlanta Braves awaits me after graduation.

Because, after all, I'm better at sports journalism than I am at actual sports.

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