Posted on 12 April 2012.
These farewell editorials are supposed to be, I think, a platform for sappiness. Here I am, a senior, graduating in just a few weeks, with several underclassmen to take positions that I used to hold: “Good luck, underclassmen, Ben, Jeremy, blah, blah, blah.”
I am proud of them; I’m excited for them. But this piece is for everyone, the whole student body, if you’re reading.
I hardly remember life – er, college life – before The Sojourn. It’s been a huge part of my college career; it’s helped me shape my plans for the future. It’s taught me how to write professionally, to interact with higher-ups and to be a leader.
I encourage all of you underclassmen to join a student organization or a student-led business like The Sojourn in your remaining years at Indiana Wesleyan University. It was the smartest decision I made.
For me and for many of us upperclassmen on staff, The Sojourn has taught us skills that have landed us internships at magazines, TV stations and publications abroad. We’ve networked with those in authority at IWU or in the Marion area. We’re going to get some killer letters of recommendation.
It’s all about getting involved.
The Sojourn is not the place for everyone, of course. Many of you out there hated us this year. We printed stories you didn’t agree we should write; we exposed rumors some of you wished stayed rumors. Luckily, not all of you will lead the student newspaper for that reason. Luckily, there are organizations for nearly everyone on campus. And if there isn’t one for you – make one.
I’ve always been told that “college is what you make of it.” It couldn’t be truer. So take advantage!
I want to end this piece with a thank-you to my staff this year: to Molly (Mole Sauce), my balancer; to Steven, who challenges me to be a better leader; to Rachel, whose sarcasm brings sanity into Wednesday production nights; to Li’l Jer, my successor; to Nick, let’s-find-a-way-to-stick-a-meme-in-the-newspaper-every-week; to Brent, the nicest IT nerd/theologian I’ve ever met, to Dr. Huckins, our adviser, who’s had to put up with so much this year; and to the rest of the photographers, designers, writers, ad gurus and Web gurus on staff. You’ve been great!
Thanks for an awesome four years,
Lauren Deidra Sawyer