When I took my first journalism class in high school, I had no idea I’d end up where I am today. As a high school freshman, I wasn’t very social, but I still wanted to get involved. My plan was to join either newspaper or yearbook. Ultimately, I went with newspaper because I felt that work would be more important in the long run. 

After I applied to be a part of the staff, I really had no idea whether I would be accepted or not. Thankfully, I was, but I was also one of the staffers they were concerned about. If I’m being honest, I wasn’t the world’s greatest student, and I had poor time management skills. However, two years later, I became one of three co-editors-in-chief. 

I don’t think I fully understood how much of a commitment journalism would be or how much it would mean to me. This might sound cheesy, but journalism is genuinely one of my life’s passions. 

If I hadn’t found journalism, my life would be entirely different. 

However, there was a huge shift between high school and collegiate journalism. During my freshman year of college, and in my first few weeks working for “The Campus Ledger” at Johnson County Community College, I really wanted to quit. I hated it. 

However, I was encouraged to apply for sports editor, and that changed everything. I realized that it wasn’t journalism I hated, it was only doing one thing. 

One of the big reasons I love journalism is because it allows me so many opportunities. 

Not only can I write stories, but I can take photos, design or whatever else needs to be done. I love that part of the job. 

In starting the transfer process to Emporia State, I began to look at their journalism program and really knew that this is where I wanted to come. Following the Jane stories from last year, I knew that I wanted to learn from some of the best in the state. 

ESU is not known for their journalism program, however, the impact that reporters Allie Crome, Rayna Karst and Sarah Spoon made last year, will forever be remembered. 

In the past year working at The Bulletin, I’ve learned so many invaluable things. 

In my first semester, Allie taught me to be assertive with our staff. Not everyone is going to want to work, but assignments have to get done. You have to be a strong manager in order to have strong staff and publication. 

Sarah has taught me a world of things, but most importantly, not to back down. As a working journalist, there will be so many stories that come up that will cause a lot of issues and controversy. It takes a very strong person to be able to complete a story and stay strong despite attacks, both professional and personal. I’ve never seen anyone as confident and strong-willed as Sarah. Between her work on the Jane stories, the Associated Student Government budget cuts, and the Michaela Todd incident, all on top of leading the staff, I’m in awe of her. 

Both of these things will serve me well next year as editor-in-chief. While I’ll miss Allie and Sarah, I’m very excited to begin work and cannot wait to see what the future holds for The Bulletin.

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