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After starting out undecided, Collin Atwood found his path in journalism

By Collin Atwood

I’ll never forget my first time going down to the newspaper office. It was the beginning of the 2019 fall semester – a time when people associated the word “Corona” with alcohol instead of a worldwide spread virus.

It was my sophomore year and I had just declared for the communications/sports journalism major. I heard that The Springfield Student was holding a meeting for newcomers from the great Marty Dobrow and luckily, I built up enough courage to head down to the office. To this day, I have never seen that room so full.

When I finally made it down the stairs and into a seat, my nerves hit a peak. I was instantly intimidated by my fellow classmates, Joe Arruda and Irene Rotondo, for how they handled the room, especially as underclassmen. While I compiled all of the reasons why I felt I didn’t belong in that office, these two were taking control of the room as Assistant Sports and News Editors.

That’s when I knew I had a lot of catching up to do.

During the meeting I was approached by Marty and the enthusiastic Gabby Guerard, The Student’s Editor-in-Chief at the time. All they did was ask me if I had any story ideas and my nerves allowed me to feel attacked and overwhelmed.

The truth is I did have a story idea – a rarity to say the least – but there was no way I was going to share what it was. It was my first time in the office and I hadn’t even finished my intro to journalism class. But, of course, neither of them took no for an answer.

I eventually pitched my idea and it ended up being the first article I had ever written – not just for The Student, but in my life. The feeling that took over my whole body when I saw my story on the front page was a feeling I never wanted to lose. That’s when I knew I wanted to continue to be involved with The Springfield Student.

As I look back at my best memories from college, they all come from that office and the dedicated and talented journalists that can be found there.

To my fellow staff members – Joe, Irene, Hayden Choate, Garrett Cote, Caitlin Kemp, Chris Gionta and Carley Crain – and my COSJ professors – Marty, Kyle Belanger, Laura Dubowski and Aimee Crawford – thank you for an unforgettable four years.

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