Here we are, readers. The final Katelyn’s Candor column. The end of the road.
Well, kind of. I’ll be continuing my political rantings on a Medium page, so look that up. In addition, all of the graduating seniors have farewell columns in the final issue of the year, so you’ve got that to look forward to. I’m using that column to thank the many people who have influenced my time here. I’ll use this one to reflect a bit on the last four years.
Admittedly, I don’t know what I’ll do with my remaining weeks at John Carroll after I’ve left the newspaper. This has been my entire life for four years. When I wasn’t in class, I was in the newsroom, putting together World News pages, or, more recently, editing pages to get the whole newspaper ready for print. I’ve always had skewed priorities—I’ve been an editor first and a student second for four years. Thankfully, I’m a pretty swell multitasker and never really lost sight of my classes.
After The Carroll News held its election a couple weeks ago, I went back to my house feeling weirdly emotional. At the time, I couldn’t explain it. Believe me, I’m truly looking forward to going to bed at a normal hour and having actual time to complete the handful of class assignments I’ve got left. I might actually have time to get back into my hobbies. It’s just very strange to think of being done with my work here after it has taken up the most of my life for four years.
There’s an adage I think we’ve all heard that says, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” While I understand the meaning and agree to a point, I think there’s something to be said for working extremely hard because you’re doing something you love. I’ve held three positions on this newspaper beyond that of a staff reporter—Assistant World News Editor, World News Editor and Editor-in-Chief. I wish I could tell you I loved every single moment of all of those jobs, but I didn’t. There have been many a night spent with too many irritations and too little patience. There were times that this place and all three of those jobs drove me absolutely mad. That said, I loved those jobs as a whole. The insanity was necessary to recognize the good in it all. I have never been as passionate about something as I have my time here. And I wouldn’t have worked as hard for it if I didn’t love it so much.
Leaving this place is bittersweet. It’s such a cliché, but it is honestly the only accurate description for the situation. As I walk out of the newsroom as Editor-in-Chief for the last time, it is the signifier that my time at John Carroll is truly coming to a close. These have been four crazy, chaotic, amazing and life-changing years. I have truly grown into myself here, and it is painful to think of leaving it behind.
That said, I am excited for what comes next. I recently accepted an assistantship at Kent State to get my Ph.D. in political science. New things, a new school and new opportunities to continue to grow as a person lie just beyond the horizon.
I set out to do what all of my predecessors did—producing a great CN issue every single week, reporting on issues pertinent to the student body while presenting readers with fair and balanced journalism. I hope I succeeded in this.
I guess, at the end of the day, I hope I left some kind of mark here. I hope someone got a chuckle out of one of my columns, or that it inspired them to think about a situation in a different way. I hope someone was educated by one of my World News articles, or even by one of my sparse Campus articles (I have to admit, I still prefer writing for World News). I hope I taught my staff well and that they carry on successfully from here. Above all, I hope I did this job—and with it, my predecessors, my staff and you, the readers—proud.
Goodbye, Carroll News. I’ll be seeing you.