As the days start to wind down, I find myself wandering around campus knowing this is all going to end soon. As much as I want to move on and start a new chapter of my life, I can’t help but feel I should be coming back in the fall for move in and classes. Springfield College has been more than just a college, it’s a home; a sanctuary and a place where I became who I am today.
I spent most of my growing up and learning in the newspaper office for the past two years. It’s where classroom discussions and projects became real life. We had ethical conversations of what was right and wrong, and how to go about portraying the issue. We were the suppliers of news coverage. It seemed hard at first. There were serious deadlines to be made. The paper had to be edited five different times before it was even considered to go to print, and the need to always be first and the best with stories was always the first priority. My whole life was put on hold every Wednesday night because the paper came first.
After a while I started to look back on this routine and think, “Is this really what I’m doing with my time? I know I’m not going anywhere in life in this layout business.” Never in my life have I been so wrong. The Student didn’t need me. I needed it. I soon realized this was going to be a building block for the rest of my life – whether or not I do anything in the newspaper world.
I learned how to deal with co-workers and their crazy antics. It’s hard to work for over 10 hours in the same room with four other people. Somehow we made it all work. We got along and figured out how to make The Student and scstudentmedia.com better than it was ever before. It became our mission to be the best.
Having the mentality of always wanting to be the best helped me build a strong work ethic. We were always pushed to do it better; to go above and beyond what we normally do. No matter how tired and hungry we were, we pushed ourselves to the end.
I would not be where I am right now if it weren’t for past members of The Student pushing me to join. But most of all, I would not be here if it weren’t for the incredible editorial staff I had the privilege to serve with this past year. Thank you Gabby, Jimmy, Terrence and of course Joe for putting up with my antics. I could not have asked for a better group to have spent my last year with.