The Senior Challenge

April 2nd, 2014




I never really thought I’d get my own column. For the past year and a half, I’ve been sitting on the couch in the newsroom copy editing on deadline nights – occasionally writing an article here or there. But now I get my own desk.  Well, I share it with my co-editor Sam Freiberg, but it’s basically the same thing.  But alas, here I am—moving up in the world.


Some of you who know me might be wondering, “Why is an English/History double major the one of the new Business and Finance editors?” It’s a valid question, and I can’t blame you. I’ve asked myself that question before while writing articles for the former Business and Finance Editor, Anthony Ahlegian.


Our world is influenced by economics, by business. The Nazi Party in Germany rose to power when Germany was in a depression, as they appeared to offer the best hope for the people. I think we all know what happened after that rise to power.


Economic strife is often mirrored by internal government strife. Although the recession in America has been officially announced as over, our generation is still experiencing it.


My point is that business and finance effects everything today, as it always has (I could rattle off some more history examples, if you want). Just because I’m not a business major doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t understand it. If anything, it means that I, even more than a business major, need to research, read and question even more to understand. And in journalism, you need to understand what you’re reporting.


This is my senior year challenge. I won’t be perfect in this challenge, but as I’m challenging myself this year, I want to pose a challenge to you as well: What is something that you’re not good at and you want to improve? What’s something that you want to understand more of? Go out and do it. Learn something new, try something different or work on becoming better. Just because you’re not good at it now doesn’t mean you won’t be good at it by the end.



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