Here it is. My absolute final column for The Carroll News. That last one was a fake out. This is it.
Like most of my fellow seniors, I’m going to take this final opportunity to express my most sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped get me to this point.
First and foremost, I have to give a shout-out to the crazy kids that got me started in this newspaper – my former co-editors, Clara Richter and Nick Wojtasik. Even though chances are that they won’t read this, I am obliged to express how important they were in my success at John Carroll. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but if they hadn’t asked me to join the Op/Ed team over two years ago, I might not even be writing this column right now. “Goodness Gracious” may have never existed. It’s important for me to reflect on these small moments and choices, which may have seemed insignificant at the time but ultimately have lead me to an overwhelmingly satisfying exit from John Carroll.
Next, I owe a tremendous amount of thanks to Tim Johnson, my co-editor/cohort for this past year and a half. I honestly don’t have enough words to explain all the times Tim has been my lifeline at The Carroll News this year. I do have the words to say that I might have actually imploded if not for Tim, who continuously trooped through my antics and calmly handled every bump in the road that came our way. He has incredible editorial writing skills and a sense of humor that keeps everyone sane and happy. Not to mention, he brought on our assistant Madeline Sweeney, who picked up Op/Ed faster than anybody I’ve ever seen. I have the utmost confidence in Madeline and the Op/Ed team for next year.
Finally, to our beloved advisor, Bob Noll, I also owe an endless amount of gratitude. Bob demonstrates all of the qualities that every campus advisor should have – knowledge, helpfulness, positivity and an insane amount of patience. For anyone who has not yet met this man, you need to drop what you are doing and enroll in one of his classes or start writing for The Carroll News immediately. There is so much to learn from Bob, mostly because of his unbelievably extensive background as well as his kindness and generosity. I cannot imagine this newspaper being where it is today without its fearless leader to continue taking the charge.
Joining The Carroll News was absolutely one of the best decisions I made at John Carroll. Looking back now, during the last week of class in my college career, I can remember how indecisive I was about picking a college. Even after my first year here, I kept thinking about how different my life would have been if I had gone to another school. However, I’ve come to realize that without John Carroll, I may not have been able to foster my passion for communication and journalism. The competition to get a spot on the editing staff at a big state school would have been tough, and, again, there’s no guarantee that Goodness Gracious would have ever existed. I may not have even stayed in the journalism field without the first-hand experience that I gained from The Carroll News.
Additionally, although our news staff continues to evolve each semester, I truly believe that my co-editors were the best team that I could have ever worked with. From my first day as a copy editor, I have continuously witnessed a crazy amount of dedication and perseverance in each editor. It’s still apparent to me how deeply this team cares about producing an award-winning paper.
Plus, I don’t think it has ever been about the awards. I believe that I can speak for the staff here when I say that the end goal has always been to mold students into the best possible journalists, editors and photographers that they can possibly be. This has been accomplished through the late Tuesday nights during which we have all been trained to work under pressure, no matter how difficult and tiresome it may be, to achieve a common end goal.
I can also say that I’ve reached my end goal, at least for the time being. I’m leaving this school in just a few short weeks and I feel so blessed and grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given. I’m so proud of the wonderful people who make up The Carroll News team now, and I know that they will continue to perform above and beyond.
And, lastly, this isn’t goodbye for forever. John Carroll will forever be incomparably special to me, and I’m already looking forward to coming back and visiting. So, with that I say, so long for now!