Margaret

I’ve barely started writing this and I’m already ready to cry. This is my last print edition as Editor-in-Chief.

If you know me, you know I’ve been excited to no longer hold this position. Not out of any hate or dislike of the job, but out of excitement to train the next EIC, and to really focus on my classes next semester.

Being EIC through the pandemic has definitely been the hardest challenge I’ve faced at any job I’ve ever worked. But, I hope that the things I’ve learned during my two and a half years in this position prove useful to future generation of Bulletin leaders.

Each EIC has a different style of leadership, and most of the time, our styles

change over time. When I first started as EIC, I was honestly very lost.

There were a lot of things I wasn’t sure how to do, and I definitely called the previous EIC, Sarah Spicer, for advice about every week my first semester.

As my time here comes to end, it feels like I’ve just now figured things out.

Bella,

I would imagine you’ll feel the same when the time comes for you, but I would encourage you to reflect on the lessons you’ve learned to pass them on to the next EIC.

Those before me have built on each other to give you the best leadership toolkit possible, though some lessons you’ll have to learn on your own.

The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to trust your staff, it can be hard to let them do things on their own, but as you support them, they also support you. Take advantage of your resources, and never be afraid to ask for help.

Don’t forgot to take time for yourself. Newspapers are constantly changing environments, and you always have to ready for breaking news. Much like yesterday, when the interim president was announced an hour and a half before the staff meeting.

On top of being a journalist, you’re still a college student and have other obligations. Remember to take that time for yourself. Honestly, sometimes I’ll put my phone in another room to open up a good book, or watch a new movie. Just having my phone way helps so much.

Lastly, I want you to know how proud I am of you. You’ve only been on staff for a single semester, and you’ve grown so much. Not only are you a fantastic writer, but you’re a great leader. You got this, and if you ever feel like you don’t, give me a call. I’m also a resource you can use.

To campus,

These last four years on staff have been great, and this is a bittersweet goodbye, though the real one will come when I graduate in May.

I have learned so much in my time as EIC, and I’ve made so many connections and experienced so many cool opportunities because of this job.

I’m forever grateful, and I will greatly miss working as Editor-in-Chief.

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