I'm four weeks into my last semester in college at Kennesaw State University north of Atlanta. Throughout my entire college career, I've always had a camera hanging on my shoulder. I have been hired on the spot by photo editors simply because I had my camera at the right moment.
I also believe that if you are aspiring to be a photojournalist, you really should have a camera at all times. You never know what will unfold right in front of you. New York Times staffer Tyler Hicks won a Pulitzer while covering a mall shooting with a small camera while he was in Kenya. His wife eventually brought him his professional gear.
I took these images for the Associated Press after one of my evening classes. Class let out a little early and I was making my way back to my car. As I was walking across campus, I spotted a bunch of college students running around in big bubble suits. The sun was falling behind the trees and the sky turned to that nice blue color, lined with purple colored clouds.
As a last note, I highly encourage you to visit AP's image blog and study away. This is how I learn and grow as a photojournalist.