Writing this is almost like writing a breakup letter. The same old, “It’s not you; it’s me,” can be applied in the situation. I’m almost certain I was the one who initiated this breakup, and for that, I’d like to apologize.
It’s been two long and interesting years since I began my job as the news editor. I’ve had so many experiences that I want to remember forever and some I definitely want to forget, but it’s been an experience that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
This job has taught me more than anyone could about what it takes to be a journalist.
I’ve had experiences working here that I don’t think I would get just squeaking thorough my degree. It’s been a ride for the ages that has caused me to be the person I am today – a person dedicated to her craft who enjoys a good coffee and a slow conversation with someone out to change the world.
I can only hope that those reading this who think the experience on staff is worthless would take a look at my heart and tell me it’s not all for something amazing.
I’ve taken this rare opportunity in stride and hoped for the best. Although sometimes I felt that it was the worst, the worst can never break a group of talented individuals from displaying their craft and their willingness to be exactly who you think they would be, humans who make mistakes.
This has been one of the toughest years I’ve had to face since I’ve been in college, and it will probably be the most I’ve had to fight for something I love, but in the end, the fight was worth it.
Although I’m moving onto a different chapter in my life, I’ll never forget the fact that The University Leader gave me the skills, knowledge and connections I’ve had to create my destiny.
If it were’t for The Leader, I wouldn’t be getting my Master’s Degree, striving to feed the hungry or being a civically engaged community server.
If it weren’t for The Leader, I wouldn’t have received my internship in Denver where I got the chance to see what the real world holds and interview people who are making a difference.
If it weren’t for The Leader, I wouldn’t see just how apathetic and rude people can be and how much you need to always wear a smile to stand up to your enemies.
If it weren’t for The Leader, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to know just what a leader is.
Anyone can hide behind invisible Internet walls, desks and tables, but true leaders aren’t afraid to stick out their necks to take a risk, only for that risk to be displayed weeks on end for the whole campus to see.
The Leader will always hold a special place in my heart. I will always consider myself an alum to the Leader staff who held her chin up high in the midst of storms.