Editor-in-chief gives final farewell

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   The last editorial working for the Cat Tracks newspaper staff; it sure came sooner than later, or at least feels that way. It is truly amazing how fast time goes by without us noticing. However cliché, it does feel like yesterday that I was learning the basics of journalism with Jordan and Whitney for the first time.

   Now that it is almost over, a good way to reflect on my time spent here is to ask this question, “If I could do it again, would I change anything?”

   To that, I say absolutely not. During my time, I was given the opportunity to experience a new part of this life I would have never dreamed of. I discovered something I was truly passionate about.

   So now, I write from the heart, and say what needs to be said in my last editorial.

   When I received a letter from Mrs. Loucks my freshman year, I had absolutely no idea what to think. Sure, I enjoyed poetry and short stories, but I didn’t think I was one for reporting the news. I think the best way to describe it was “excitedly nervous,” for I was honored to be recognized as a possible candidate for the paper, but didn’t know if it was right for me.

   After thinking it over, I decided to go for it and sign up when the time came. Well, the time did come and I did get signed up, just in the nick of time I might add. It was official, I was going to be a part of the 2015/16 Cat Tracks staff. I have to mention that I beat out my peer Branden Alford by 30 seconds, and he probably still holds a grudge.

   The following year, I walked into a room I had never been, and found myself staring at a group of people. Most of these new people were those I wouldn’t have been comfortable talking to otherwise. I had actually discovered one of the best group of friends anyone could ask for. After about three weeks, people I had never met before were speaking to me like they had known me for years.

   Talk about feeling included. They made me and all the other newbies feel like family off the bat. All the while, I had the opportunity to discover my passion for writing and reporting. I guess the moral of the story is, take chances when they are provided. If I know only one thing, it is that the only things that life guarantees is uncertainty, fear, and hidden opportunity. It is what one does with these given factors that defines them as a person.

   I am very thankful for every day I spent writing in the name of CatTracks. I will always be grateful for the friends I have made during the process, however unlikely they may seem. Never will I forget this experience, and I will always carry the things I’ve learned with me.

   Before I go, let me leave you with these few words to reflect upon: those who remain stagnate and content will forever and always be surpassed by the innovative, creative, and the ones willing to dream.

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Editor-in-chief gives final farewell