Right now, the things that run inside my mind sound a lot like "I am strong, and I am not going to cry before I finish this article." I don't know how my time at TechNews has passed so quickly. To tell the story of how I met the TechNews team, it was a big mistake and accident. I still remember that day, it was the start of the spring 2020 semester, and it was Friday. I completed my class at 5 p.m. and was just exploring several clubs that had their first start for the semester. For those who joined Illinois Tech post-COVID, almost every club in Illinois Tech invites students to join them with fancy foods (a lot of them). I came to MTCC that evening for an event run by Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and I couldn't find the right room. At that time MTCC rooms were still a maze for me. Then suddenly a poster of TechNews organizing an event struck my eyes and luckily the TechNews room was bright with huge posters of newspapers.
I don't know if it was fate or my love for writing, or the free pizza and drinks, I decided to take a shot. I still remember the evening, the freaky decorated room with Lexi Detweiler, Quinn Castaneda, Dan Marten, and Tejas Nanaware. I entered awkwardly asking if this was TechNews where the room was filled with newspapers everywhere. Then I introduced myself stupidly hoping they don't identify I was there for the food. The food arrived a little late just before the moment I started thinking if I left earlier, I could still find that SHPE event. Well, fate again made me stay there, I still remember everything we talked about, classes, professors, movies, etc. I felt an instant connection to the room and the people there, especially the skull, it looked a lot similar to the skull Phoebe had in "FRIENDS." To be honest, I have never authored any serious articles before and never thought my article would even get published since I imagined the authorship in the United States was far advanced compared to my mediocre writing. Yet my first article "the one with the exam paper" got published.
It got published on my birthday, February 17, and was the perfect and the best gift ever I got for my birthday. I somehow felt like a celebrity having my small piece of writing read by many students on the campus. After that, I knew I had to keep writing because in my mind I didn't want to disappoint my fans (just kidding). I discovered the joy of expressing myself through writing and it improved my writing skills as well. I started getting full marks in my assignments and I still remember my professor commenting "excellent writing" on my essay. The next surprise TechNews gave me was, it announced it is going to pay me for my articles. I really couldn't believe someone paying me for my writing and this is when I felt like I made the elite celebrity list (not kidding).
Well, it was brave of me so far that I didn't cry, but the tears have already started sneaking. TechNews made me believe that the best things in your life are mostly unexpected and I admired the entire team and got to know every one of you through your articles. Thank you, editorial team for tolerating all my mistakes. I am sorry I couldn't attend most of the meetings this semester due to a class that never ends before the start of the meeting. Dear TechNews, I will miss you the most and I will miss writing my heart to you. But you will always be the special one where I started my writing career. I know that I will never be able to write every Saturday night henceforth. You will always be the best thing that happened to me at Illinois Tech, even if I win a million dollars somehow through Illinois Tech.
Adieu, my friend.