I’m not one for sappy things. And to be honest, I’m not good at goodbyes. There are a lot of things that just ended suddenly for me in my life - here one day, gone the next. This time, well, this time it’s different. I’ll keep this short and sweet. I came into this school with no expectations for myself. Now, bar anything tragic, I’ll be graduating from this school with a degree in hand - the first in my family to do it. Thank you to everyone who I’ve met and befriended over the past four years; you all made this time here not suck. I made a lot of memories, despite how much I rag on this school.
Congratulations to the new editorial board as well. Outgoing Editor-In-Chief Dan Marten and I are certain we’re leaving this organization in good hands. Shout out to Lexi Detweiler and Quinn Castaneda as well; they helped spark my further involvement with TechNews. And thank you to Ethan Castro. His work ethic and dedication to the paper and his studies really inspired me to persevere and work hard. Four years ago, he asked me whether or not I was considering running for editorial board at any point, and I told him it wasn’t likely. And now, here I stand as the departing assistant editor-in-chief. I hope I made him proud.
I’m honestly not quite sure what comes after graduation. I’ve known academia my whole life, so this is going to be an entirely different experience. I don’t know if what I feel is anxiety or confidence, but I feel a feeling that I cannot describe for my life outside of school. There’s lots to do and experience, so I’ll just live each day with an open mind.
Goodbyes are weird like I said, so I’m not sure what to really do or say. To the audience of this paper, thank you for reading for the past four years that I’ve been a writer. Your support really means a lot to me and for this organization.
Oh and disgraced former Editor-In-Chief Dan Marten, this isn’t goodbye - we still have a derby to watch after all.