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Hayden Choate reminisces on the start of his journalism involvement

By Hayden Choate

It was about this time of year three years ago, the end of my first year in college. I went up to then-junior Evan Wheaton and told him I wanted to write for the newspaper on campus, The Springfield Student.

When I said that to him I had never written an actual article before. Only assignments for class in the two semesters I had in the COSJ program. In high school, I was only able to do broadcasting class because newspaper and broadcast were at the same time. When I got to Springfield I joined SCTV3. Feeling confident on the TV side of things, I wanted to become a better writer.

I remember the first time I went down to the newspaper office. My first impression was a basement where everyone sits on their laptops and cracks jokes while simultaneously getting work done to provide content for the campus. I loved it.

Now here we are three years later at the end of the road. The memories that I have made in the newspaper office are countless and ones that I will never forget. I am so grateful for all the people that have made the last three years special. Especially my fellow seniors, Irene Rotondo, Joe Arruda and Collin Atwood thank you for everything you’ve done, you are all incredible human beings.

When I first became a part of the newspaper I wanted to cover sports on campus and I’ve been fortunate to do that. I’ve been the beat writer for many teams like women’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse and men’s lacrosse. Along with being able to cover other news events on campus it’s truly been a great three years.

To our incredible faculty advisors, Marty Dobrow and Aimee Crawford you are the best, thank you so much for everything you have done for us, we cannot thank you enough.

To my fellow staff members Irene, Joe, Collin, Garrett Cote, Caitlin Kemp, Carley Crain and Chris Gionta you all are a very talented group of people and I cannot wait to see where you go.

I guess that’s it, all I have left to say is, thank you.

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