By Juliana Garofalo, for the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre

I remember being 14 years old, sitting in a local Tim Hortons with a list of questions on my lap, waiting for my first interviewee—a columnist at a nearby newspaper—to arrive for an informational conversation about journalism.

Suddenly, I felt that I was going to faint. My vision went blurry and I found myself struggling to catch my breath in a bathroom stall.

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Juliana Garofalo is a first-year journalism student. You can follow her on Twitter @juliannagaro.