For the last year, I have been honored and privileged to be a part of the superb Western Herald team. It saddens me to have to announce my imminent departure as Editor-in-Chief.
I’m really trying to not make this a sappy farewell column, but it does feel like I’m losing something that has been such a big part of my life day in and day out for the last 365 days.
I made a lot of sacrifices to be Editor-in-Chief this year. I traded in my booming social life for a 50-hour work week, I neglected my roommates and missed many cocktail parties. I’ve worked through a few beach days and a handful of prime sledding opportunities.
But honestly, I would not have traded a minute of it.
I can’t say that everything has always run smoothly. Quite the opposite, actually. We’ve had broken servers, fried computers, missing general managers, missed deadlines and miscommunications. Literally sweat and tears—we’ve somehow managed to avoid the blood.
All of the mayhem could never compare to the amazing people I’ve met. I’ve been lucky enough to have a solid newsroom staff who have stuck by me all year.
The best thing about all of them is that they would do just about anything to publish the paper. Whether they were coming in on a Saturday morning battling the “stomach flu” or staying until midnight fixing the tiniest of details. I hate that oxford comma!
Although I have loved working, and sleeping, at the Western Herald I must say with some reluctance that I am excited to finally put my big girl pants on.
I’m graduating in June, after I finish my internship at WOOD TV8, and am so looking forward to seeing what my $60,000 journalism degree has in store for me.
I really want you — the readers — to know that the Western Herald is full of strong-willed, dedicated people.
We put every spare ounce of energy that we have into providing you with the best news in the best way possible.
I’d like to thank those who have stuck by our side over the years and who continue to pick up a freshly printed Western Herald every morning. It’s people like you that keep us going.
Good luck with finals and have a great summer!